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Two arrested during Laurel sobriety checkpoint on St. Patrick's Day weekend

By Melanie Dzwonchyk, mdzwonchyk@patuxent.com

10:10 AM EDT, March 19, 2013

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Laurel Police reported 508 vehicles passed through the department's St. Patrick's Day weekend sobriety checkpoint at Route 1 northbound and Main Street, and there were two arrests.

One person was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, and a second person was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

The checkpoint was held from 11 p.m. Saturday, March 16 to 1:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17. Police gave those who drove through the checkpoint information on awareness of drunk driving.

Police departments in Prince George's, Howard and Ann Arundel counties participated in a statewide drunk driving enforcement operation called Project SOLO, Saving Our Loved Ones.

Howard County Police reported 21 arrests for DUI during the increased patrols over St. Patrick's Day weekend.