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DWI checkpoints lead to several arrests, charges

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WHITEVILLE NC, (WECT) - Friday night, nearly 40 law enforcement officers from the Wilmington Police Department, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Columbus County Sheriff's Office, and State Highway Patrol assisted officers with the Whiteville Police Department during three DWI checkpoints.

Two of the checkpoints were on Highway 74/76, and in total, the measures all led to six DWI arrests, 15 possession of marijuana charges, four charges of driving with a revoked license, five charges of operating without a license, one felony of illegal steroids, one possession of cocaine charge, two arrests for carrying a concealed weapon, two charges of underage drinking, three charges of having open containers, and two charges of driving with an expired tag.

According to prosecutors, many people who drive through Columbus County while drinking are from other places.

Officers with the Whiteville Police Department say they try and have at least four checkpoints a year.

"Many people who travel to Wilmington or the beaches in Brunswick County have to drive down Highway 74/76 and that makes up a lot of our DWI arrests," said Jamie Turnage, 13th District DWI Prosecutor.

Prosecutors say that every year, there are more than 2,000 DWI arrests in the 13th District, which includes Columbus, Brunswick, and Bladen Counties.

Columbus County ranks second in the state when it comes to alcohol-related DWI crashes.

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