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Maryland State Police arrest 120 suspected drunken drivers over St. Patrick's weekend

Berlin Barrack near Ocean City logged the most, with 17

By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

1:40 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

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State Police arrested a total of 120 people on suspicion of drunken driving in Maryland during the St. Patrick's Day weekend, a prime time for catching inebriated drivers.

From Friday through Monday, state troopers across the state used "sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and regular road patrols" to catch drivers, an effort "in direct response to the known increase in drinking and driving resulting from holiday celebrations," state police said Tuesday.

Troopers out of the state's Berlin barrack, in Worcester County near Ocean City, recorded the most arrests of any of the 22 barracks statewide, with 17 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Golden Ring barrack in Baltimore County recorded the second most, with 13, while the JFK barrack, which covers Interstate 95 north of Baltimore, and the Rockville barrack in Montgomery County each recorded 11.

A specialized State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort, or SPIDRE, team also made 11 arrests.

Dangerous incidents and accidents occurred across the state during the weekend as a result of drunken driving, according to police.

In one example, a woman was arrested on her fifth charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in the last year after driving her vehicle into the median of Interstate 70 on Saturday, police said.

In another, troopers arrested a man who they believed was drunk when he allegedly crashed into the rear of another vehicle on Route 7 in Harford County early Sunday morning, police said.

The same morning, troopers in Charles County arrested a man believed to be drunk after spotting him driving in the wrong direction on northbound Route 301, police said.

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