Sheriff’s Office to hold sobriety checkpoint

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office will hold a sobriety checkpoint Saturday, Aug. 20, at an undisclosed time and location.

The Sheriff’s Office is required to conduct a certain number of sobriety checkpoints each year as part of the grant requirements set forth by the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

Deputies will be alert for impaired drivers, as well as other safety violations.

In a sobriety checkpoint held Friday, Aug. 12, two arrests were made and 22 citations were issued.

The checkpoint was held at the intersection of Morganton Road and Lafollette Drive and 13 deputies took part in the checkpoint. A total of 123 vehicles passed through the checkpoint during the two-hour detail.

Two people were arrested, one unruly juvenile, and one delinquent charge for underage consumption. Twelve vehicles were detained for further investigation, and one vehicle was towed because the driver did not have a driver’s license. In addition, citations were issued for headlight violations, registration violations, address violations, no driver’s license and lack of proof of insurance.

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