Police: DUI checkpoint thwarts drunken hecklers, nets 7

Sean Philip Cotter

Police conducting a DUI checkpoint on the Interstate 83 business loop Wednesday night withstood a drunken pair hiding and making "bird noises" while officers arrested seven people on suspicion of driving under the influence.


Six people were arrested at the state police sobriety checkpoint in York Township on suspicion of drunken driving, and one was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while under the influence of other drugs, state police say.

Four more people were arrested for drug possession, one person was cited for having an open container and officers doled out numerous traffic citations, according to the news release.

At one point while the officers were conducting a stop, a couple of people made their way through the woods to the area near the checkpoint, where they hid behind a tree and made "bird noises" at the officers, police say. The pair, police allege, were drunk.

When officers walked over, they ran away and hid around a nearby house.

They caught one and charged the person with defiant trespass, public drunkenness, prowling at night and possession of marijuana. The other one got away, the release states.

The York County Sheriff's Office, York Area Regional Police, West Manchester Township Police, Springettsbury Township Police, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Loganville Volunteer Fire Co. assisted with the checkpoint. Southern Regional Police officer Richard Blais, a certified drug recognition expert, evaluated two people who were suspected of driving while on drugs but not alcohol; the one arrest for driving while under the influence of drugs was based on his findings, the release states.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.