Winchester police are kept busy during a Saturday checkpoint
Posted: February 12, 2013
The Winchester Star
WINCHESTER — Two local residents have been arrested at a city checkpoint for allegedly driving under the influence.
City police issued 20 citations during the sobriety checkpoint, conducted on Berryville Avenue Saturday night, according to spokeswoman Lauren Cummings.
She said the department tries to perform a couple of random checks each month.
“We want to ensure the safety of our residents,” Cummings said, adding that officers are also ensuring that drivers are obeying traffic laws and not driving under the influence.
Rajnish Sharma, 44, of Winchester was charged wtih DUI and Gary Lee Jenkins Sr., 56, also of the city, was charged with felony DUI (third or subsequent offense).
“When you drink and drive you put your life and the lives of others in danger,” Cummings stated in a Monday media release. “[We] want to remind residents that if they plan on drinking to make arrangements for transportation before they head out.”
According to checkpoint data from the release, four people were charged with having revoked or suspended driver’s licenses; five did not have a license; two were charged with possession of marijuana; two minors were charged with possessing alcohol; and one warrant was served.
Officers stopped 190 vehicles during the checkpoint.
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