Dec. 5, 2022
Springfield Police, MSHP conduct saturation patrol, arrest eight impaired drivers
Springfield, Mo. – On Dec. 3, 2022, the Springfield Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a six-hour saturation patrol focused on arresting impaired drivers. Officers used marked patrol vehicles as well as the MSHP helicopter to enforce hazardous moving violations commonly associated with intoxicated driving.
There were 80 vehicles stopped during this patrol. As a result, eight drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated, seven were arrested on drug charges including six misdemeanor arrests and one felony arrest, one stolen motorcycle was recovered, and one was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant. Additionally, 100 citations and 68 warnings were issued.
Consequences of impaired driving include jail time, loss of driving privileges, sentencing to use ignition interlocks and increased insurance rates. Financial losses include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of a job.
This holiday season, drivers should make plans for how to get home from their holiday celebrations.
Drunk driving is not worth the consequences. If you drink and drive, you lose.
The saturation patrol is funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation Traffic and Highway Safety Division.
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Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters
Release authorized by Lt. Jeremy Anderson