Police: DUI checkpoint nets arrests at I-83 business loop

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • Police said they arrested seven people at the sobriety checkpoint, and one wasn't even behind the wheel.

Police arrested seven intoxicated people overnight Wednesday during a sobriety checkpoint held at the Interstate 83 business loop, according to state police.

One of the impaired drivers had a toddler with him in his vehicle, police said.

Just two of the seven were under the influence of alcohol, according to a news release from state police Cpl. Brian Torkar.

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The five others were under the influence of controlled substances, he wrote.

That included a man who was high on marijuana and had his 2-year-old daughter in the car with him, according to Torkar, who said the child was not properly restrained in a child safety seat.

In addition to DUI, the father also was charged with child endangerment, reckless endangerment and failing to use a child safety seat.

Sleeping passenger: One of the men arrested at the checkpoint wasn't even driving, police said.

According to Torkar, the man was asleep in the passenger seat with a "marijuana cigarette" — that's what police call joints — in his hand and a small amount of pot in his pocket.

Several of those arrested were found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the corporal said.

One person stopped had an outstanding warrant, which was served on them, he said.

Participating in the checkpoint were state police, West Manchester Township Police, the York County Sheriff's Office, Loganville firefighters and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

A drug recognition expert from Southern Regional Police also was on scene to evaluate drivers, according to Torkar, who himself is a certified drug recognition expert.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.