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Deputies stay busy with DUI arrests over St. Patrick’s Day weekend
Seven arrests made throughout the county

Beginning Friday, March 16, through Saturday, March 17, six Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies were assigned to DUI enforcement patrol around Yavapai County.

Drivers under the influence were arrested in the communities of Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Rimrock, Prescott and Black Canyon City.

The six deputies conducted a total of 60 traffic stops resulting in the arrest of five misdemeanor DUIs, one aggravated DUI, and one drug DUI. Deputies were pleased to have contact with 11 designated sober drivers. Each individual was part of a group that had agreed not to drink and designate themselves as the exclusive driver for any social engagement while out and about.

The goal of YCSO and its fellow law enforcement agencies is to remove these dangerous drivers from the roadways before they cause collisions and change the lives of innocent motorists forever.

Some of the DUI arrests included a driver weaving at nearly 100 mph on Interstate 17, a driver weaving and traveling over 75 mph on Highway 89 through the Granite Dells in Prescott, and two arrests thanks to an alert motorist who reported an apparent drunk driver in the Spring Valley area.

In the last case, when the deputy was finally able to stop the vehicle on I-17 and contact the driver, he saw an open bottle of vodka next to the driver. His front-seat passenger had another open bottle of vodka between her legs. The driver was arrested for DUI and his passenger for possession of an open container. The passenger had to be restrained after attempting to kick out the windows of a patrol vehicle.

“YCSO very much appreciates citizens who willingly make the effort to ‘See something, Say something,’” said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn. “This call alone likely prevented a tragedy.”

The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for the critical funding that allows these special patrol operations during major holidays and throughout the year.

Information provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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