DUI Task Force nailed 17 on 4th holiday 'weekend'

KINGMAN - A total of 17 people were arrested over the Fourth of July holiday weekend for driving under the influence, the Western Arizona DUI Task Force reported.

Because the Fourth of July fell on a Wednesday this year, authorities stretched their extra patrols to include the entire week.

Kingman Police Cpl. Dan Spivey, coordinator for the task force, said officers and deputies made 259 contacts with drivers in and around Mohave County during the holiday campaign. The task force consists of individuals from the Kingman Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the La Paz County Sheriff's Office.

Ten people were arrested for DUI. Another three were arrested for extreme DUI and two for aggravated DUI. Two people were also arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Spivey said that the average breath alcohol content for those arrested was 0.147 percent.

He added that authorities contacted 29 people during traffic stops that were appointed as designated drivers.