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DUI taskforce nets several arrests

Law enforcement officers made several arrests Friday during a DUI saturation patrol to target impaired drivers and keep roadways safe.

Twenty-three law enforcement officers with the Prescott Valley, Prescott and Chino Valley police departments and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office took part in the patrol, and representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving provided support, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

Officers made 139 traffic stops, arrested 10 people on charges of DUI, made two arrests on outstanding warrants, arrested four people on charges of underage consumption of alcohol, issued 116 civil and criminal citations and spoke with six sober designated drivers.

Of the 10 people arrested for DUI, two were arrested for aggravated DUI, two for extreme DUI, two for DUI drugs and four for misdemeanor DUI, said Corporal Mike Morris with the Prescott Valley Police Department. Two people arrested also had prior convictions from DUI, Bonney said.

Officers used a command post they set up in the Sam's Club parking lot to help the DUI investigation and booking process.

There were no DUI-related collisions in the Prescott Valley area, Bonney said.

Officers take part in saturation patrols throughout the year to reduce incidents of drunk driving. The patrols are made possible by funding and support provided by Alberto Gutier, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

"While these patrols are designed to take impaired drivers off the street, they are also reminder to not drink and drive," Bonney said. "There are always options to be safe. Drinking and driving amounts to a very poor and often selfish decision made by the driver."

People are urged to report impaired drivers by calling the local police department or 911.

For more information, visit www.azgohs.gov.

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