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Officers crack down on drunken drivers

May 29, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Area law enforcement agencies said they increased the number of officers working over Memorial Day weekend and focused efforts on reducing the number of drunken drivers on the roads.

Hagerstown Police Department officers charged a man with driving under the influence during a sobriety checkpoint, police said. The checkpoint, which began Friday at 10 p.m. in the 200 block of Eastern Boulevard continued until Saturday at 3 a.m.

Brian Spencer Cosens, 29, was charged with driving under the influence, police said. Another man, Herbert Lee Barnhill, 45, was charged with driving on a suspended license.

Police said that 729 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and three were pulled over for further testing.

Police said they are planning another sobriety checkpoint for the weekend of June 8 at an undisclosed location.

Washington County Emergency Services personnel said there were no major car crashes Monday, but the dispatcher said there was a lot of traffic.

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The Hagerstown Police Department said it fielded calls on several accidents, but no one was seriously injured in those crashes.

"We're typically busy (on holidays), but we've been fairly slow so far," Sgt. Chad Woodring said.

Officers planned additional patrols Monday night to stop those suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies had additional personnel looking for drunken drivers on area roads Friday.

Lt. Tim Baker said one person was charged during that effort.

Maryland State Police said they dedicated personnel to reducing the number of speeders.

Sgt. S. Wallace said additional speed enforcement was used on Interstates 70 and 68 throughout the holiday weekend.

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