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County task force makes 13 arrests

A DUI checkpoint at Williamson Valley and Dineh roads Saturday proved fruitful for a Yavapai County task force dedicated to getting drunk drivers off the road.

Sheriff's deputies said in a press release that task force members arrested 13 people on various DUI-related charges.

Their average breath alcohol content was .122 percent. The legal limit in Arizona is .08 percent.

Task force agencies included sheriff's deputies and police from Cottonwood, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Clarkdale.

Volunteers from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Volunteers In Protection, known as VIPs, and from the Cottonwood Police Department also helped.

During the checkpoint, officers and deputies contacted 475 cars. Five drivers who had been drinking were not arrested for DUI, the press release said.

Of the 13 arrests the task force did make, one was for aggravated DUI, one was for extreme DUI, six were for misdemeanor DUI, two were for DUI drugs, one was for possession of dangerous drugs, one was for possession of drug paraphernalia and one was for minor consuming alcohol.

The task force plans additional checkpoints and special patrols in the coming weeks, deputies said.

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