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Thanksgiving patrols net 196 traffic stops, two arrests on Bel Air streets

Bel Air police arrested two people for drugs or drunk driving over the Thanksgiving weekend as part of the department's "Operation Sober Streets," Chief Charles Moore said Monday.

"We didn't get a lot of arrests but we got one DUI arrest Sunday and one drug arrest last Wednesday," Moore said, adding that police also issued 284 tickets and warnings and made 196 stops.

Gregory Joyner, of Havre de Grace, was arrested for allegedly having 25.7 grams of marijuana and Lisa Boucher, of Fallston, was pulled over at about 1 a.m. Sunday morning at Bond and Courtland streets for allegedly driving under the influence, Moore said.

The department partnered with the Harford County Traffic Task Force to saturate the town with up to nine extra officers supplementing 11 town officers patrolling the streets, BAPD said in a news release prior to the start of the operation last Wednesday.

Police called the night before Thanksgiving "one of the busiest nights of entertainment in the town of Bel Air."

Moore said he was happy with cooperation from local residents and businesses on the patrol.

"We had the tavern owners kind of in on this, too, so they were aware we were trying to do this operation," he said, noting the owners told their patrons about the patrol.

"It sounds like the word kind of got out," he said. "It sounds like there were Uber drivers or someone outside when they thought they had consumed [to much]."

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"There was a huge amount of people out, from what I heard," he said.

The patrol was meant to "turn up the heat on aggressive or impaired drivers and criminal offenders on Wednesday and early Thanksgiving morning," BAPD announced before the operation.

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