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Newtown DUI Checkpoint Yields 8 Arrests for DUI, Drug Offenses

July 12, 2018

Contact: Matthew D. Weintraub, 215.348.6344, mdweintraub@buckscounty.org      

A Bucks County DUI Task Force checkpoint last weekend on the Newtown Bypass netted eight arrests for offenses including driving under the influence, drug and paraphernalia possession, and underage drinking.

Police contact was made with about 600 motorists during the checkpoint, which operated from 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday in the northbound lanes of the bypass near Sycamore Street.

Seven drivers were charged with driving under the influence, one of whom was driving with a child under age 5 in her vehicle. Two of the seven were also charged with possession of small amounts of marijuana, and three were charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the drivers, a 17-year-old passenger in one vehicle was charged with underage drinking and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Police also issued two citations to drivers who made illegal u-turns over a median while trying to avoid the checkpoint. Finally, one driver who showed signs of impairment but not sufficiently to be charged with DUI was stopped from driving and was allowed to arrange for an alternate ride home.

.A total of 28 officers from nine municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police participated, with Northampton Township handling the processing of defendants. 

The DUI checkpoint was the task force's third of the year, the previous two having been held in Warrington and Bensalem.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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