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Four arrested during Harford weekend DUI checkpoint

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The Harford County Sheriff's Office arrested four people for allegedly drinking and driving, or for allegedly having drugs, during a recent sobriety checkpoint at Route 152 near Stockton Road in Joppa overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

The Labor Day weekend checkpoint also included patrols by other jurisdictions that netted five other drinking and driving arrests, 28 citations issued and two equipment repair orders, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said in a news release Wednesday.

The Sheriff's Office calculated 387 vehicles went through the checkpoint, nine of which were pulled out, she said.

Sarah J. Baker, 24, of Joppa, and Patrick H. Grant, 38, of Fallston, were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Quynton M. Werdebach, 18, of Carlisle, Pa., was charged with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the news release

At the same time, patrol deputies arrested Debra T. Bartles, 55, of Fallston, and charged her with driving under the influence of alcohol, Kahler wrote.

Patrol saturation of the surrounding areas was conducted by Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland State Police – JFK Barrack and the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Kahler said.

The checkpoint was also attended by the Harford County State's Attorney's Office and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and was supported by the State Highway Administration and Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

Locally, a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office funded the sheriff's office's portion of the operations, Kahler said.

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