DUI patrols arrest 52 drivers over weekend

  • Mon Oct 31st, 2011 9:54pm
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By Eric Stevick Herald Writer

The weekend leading up to Halloween was scary for those trying to keep the county’s highways safe.

The Washington State Patrol arrested 52 drivers for investigation of driving drunk between Friday and Monday afternoon.

In four of those cases, drivers had children in their cars.

A Bothell man, 31, was stopped Sunday on I-5 near Lynnwood with a 7-year-old child in the back seat.

Less than two hours later, an Everett man, 25, was arrested for investigation of DUI and reckless endangerment. His 3-year-old son was in the back seat.

Troopers clocked a car driving 77 miles per hour in a 55-mph stretch of Highway 9 near Arlington on Saturday night. The driver’s son, 15, was in the car, according to a trooper’s report.

Trooper Keith Leary said the state patrol had extra cars on the road in anticipation of drivers going to Halloween parties.

Halloween seems to have become an increasingly popular holiday for adults over the years, Leary said.

“We haven’t had any serious injury collisions so far,” Leary said. “We are finding these folks before they crash.”

“We’re trying to make a point of, ‘Go out and have a good time, but do it responsibly,’” Leary said.

That means making sure that whoever drives hasn’t been drinking, he said.

“People need to know we are going to be out there with emphasis patrols,” he said.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com.