Officer recognized for DUI arrests

Alcoa Police Officer Doug Sparks was recognized by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving for outstanding work in the area of DUI arrests.

Alcoa Police Officer Doug Sparks was recognized by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving for outstanding work in the area of DUI arrests.

Alcoa Police Officer Doug Sparks was recognized on Monday, Dec. 6, by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his persistence in keeping drunk drivers off the streets of Alcoa.

Sparks was recognized at a GHSO joint network meeting in Knoxville by GHSO East TN Law Enforcement Liaison Steve Dillard and MADD Programs Coordinator for the East Tennessee Chapter Julie Strike.

Sparks was presented the award for outstanding work in the area of DUI (driving under the influence) arrests. Alcoa Police Sgt. Keith Fletcher, who nominated Sparks for the recognition, says Sparks is responsible for 27 of Alcoa Police Department’s 109 DUI arrests since January 1, 2010.

“Twenty-five percent of the department’s DUI arrests this year are due to the diligence of Officer Sparks,” Fletcher says. “With his help, the Alcoa Police Department has already surpassed the last three years in total DUI arrests, and we haven’t even made it through the entire holiday season yet.”

The Alcoa Police Department stresses the importance of traffic safety and strives to protect other motorists from drunk drivers. Sparks, who has been with Alcoa Police Department for two years and has about 15 years experience in law enforcement, has assisted the department with improving its protection in 2010 due to his efforts.

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