Multiple agencies conduct checkpoint in Van Buren County

by | April 12, 2018 7:27 am

Officers from 10 different agencies came into contact with approximately 364 vehicles during the course of the checkpoint. (Photos by KYLE SHERRILL - Crossville Police Department)

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies throughout the Upper Cumberland region recently descended upon Van Buren County to conduct a roadside checkpoint that resulted in arrests for drugs and driving under the influence.

On March 30, 2018, the Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted a sobriety checkpoint along Highway 70S near mile marker 6, in Van Buren County. Officers from across the Upper Cumberland region assisted state troopers in conducting the sobriety checkpoint, including Van Buren County Sheriff Department and Spencer Police Department.

“One of the greatest things about enforcement efforts like this is all of these agencies coming together to remove impaired drivers from our roadways,” stated Capt. R.C. Christian, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Cookeville District. “Partnerships in traffic safety are very vital to the success of what we do. If we save one life that it has definitely been worth it.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, along with local law enforcement agencies, utilizes checkpoints as a traffic safety enforcement tool to help reduce serious injuries and fatal crashes.

According to Sgt. Jeremy Austin, of the THP Cookeville District, approximately 40 officers from 10 different agencies came into contact with approximately 364 vehicles during the course of the checkpoint. Out of those contacts, 10 citations were issued, four arrests were made, and 7.4 grams of drugs were confiscated.

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