New Hampton sobriety checkpoint results in 9 arrests, 1 summons for open container

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NEW HAMPTON – State Police made nine arrests of motorists allegedly driving over the legal alcohol limit, and issued one summons for an open container, following a sobriety checkpoint over the weekend in New Hampton.

Between 10 p.m. June 20 and 2 a.m. June 21 292 vehicles were stopped on Route 104 near the Route 104 Diner, and drivers were screened for impairment. Two of the motorists were from Manchester, police said.

This checkpoint was conducted pursuant to an order which was made by Justice James O’Neill III of the Belknap County Superior Court on May 29, 2014.  The order was issued in response to an application by the New Hampshire State Police to perform the checkpoint as an efficient means to deter and apprehend impaired motorists.

Additionally a summons was issued to a motorist for possessing an open container of alcohol contrary to RSA 265-A:44-Transportation of Alcoholic Beverages.

All arrests were made without incident and the subjects were released on bail with a court date of June 30, 2014 in the 4th Circuit-District Division-Laconia Court.

The New Hampshire State Police said they are taking an aggressive stance in utilizing sobriety checkpoints as a tool to deter and arrest intoxicated drivers.

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