KPD nabs 11 in latest saturation patrol

KINGMAN - The Kingman Police Department made 11 arrests for driving under the influence during the first of three saturation patrols this past weekend.

Of those 11, five were arrested for what police consider "extreme DUI," or anything over .15 blood alcohol content. The legal limit for driving in Arizona is .08. An additional three drivers were arrested for aggravated DUI, meaning they were allegedly drinking and driving on a suspended license.

Police stopped 141 motorists in Mohave County between the hours of 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday on routine violations, while at the same time conducting a saturation patrol.

That means that rather than setting up a checkpoint, police have extra units on patrol specifically looking for signs of drivers operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said Officer Dan Spivey. The extra units included officers from KPD, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety.

Police will conduct similar patrols for the next two weekends, including Labor Day weekend.

Last year's Labor Day campaign netted 33 drivers for misdemeanor driving under the influence and seven for aggravated DUI. Of those 33, 14 were arrested for extreme DUI. Another 23 citations were issued for minor consumption violations.

Statewide, police made 2,046 traffic stops and arrested 306 people for DUI this past weekend.