Maryland State Police make more than 1 DUI arrest at checkpoint

On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Drunk Driving on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Maryland State Police recently conducted a sobriety checkpoint with the intention of screening for drunk drivers in the early hours of a Sunday morning. According to reports, the sobriety checkpoint resulted in 161 vehicles being stopped by the North East Barrack of the Maryland State Police. The checkpoint led to the DUI arrest of not just one individual, but two. Other drivers were found to test positive for alcohol consumption, but apparently their results did not put them over the legal limit.

Officials apparently passed out literature related to drunk driving to those individuals who passed their initial screening. Others who were actually suspected of alcohol consumption were requested to pull off to the side of the road. At that point, officers conducted more thorough sobriety tests. One of these tests included having blood-alcohol content measured with a breathalyzer.

The more comprehensive testing apparently led to 15 drivers being pulled over. Officials requested that some of those who were below the legal alcohol limit find alternate transportation home from the checkpoint. Two of the motorists that authorities pulled over were ultimately arrested for drunk driving. These individuals could find themselves facing serious consequences in the event that prosecutors obtain a conviction on the charges.

While a DUI arrest does not indicate that a person is guilty of the alleged action, it can sometimes leave Maryland residents scrambling to decide the best way to proceed. In some cases, it may be appropriate to seek a plea deal with authorities to achieve the most favorable outcome possible. In other situations, accused individuals may decide to fight the charges of drunk driving. Each person must make this decision based upon the facts of a specific case, but all such individuals are presumed innocent until-and only if-proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source:, “Weekend DUI enforcement nets six arrests,” Cheryl Mattix, March 18, 2013

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