OVI checkpoint scheduled tomorrow

August 22, 2012


PDT Staff Writer

Ohio State Highway Patrol Portsmouth Post Commander Lieutenant Karla Taulbee said a multi-agency OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) sobriety checkpoint will be held in Scioto County Friday evening.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

“Sobriety Checkpoints are a safe and effective deterrent to impaired driving and are the ideal complement in our state’s OVI enforcement efforts,” Taulbee said.

At Saturday night’s OVI checkpoint on US 52 eastbound at the exit ramp to State Route 335, Tyler C. Gardner, 20, of South Webster, entered the site at the conclusion of the checkpoint and got the attention of officers from the Portsmouth Police Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol when they overheard a loud thump and observed Gardner’s vehicle driving through a line of traffic cones, striking them as he went.

Taulbee was on site and wrapping up the operation when Gardner entered the location. She said officers opened the passenger side door as Gardner’s vehicle slowed and eventually secured the vehicle and Gardner without injuries.

The location of the Friday checkpoint will be announced Friday morning.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com