The Marysville Post of the State Highway Patrol, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, and Bellefontaine Police Department combined efforts on Saturday for a sobriety checkpoint on South Main Street in Bellefontaine from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Ohio Department of Transportation also provided resources for the checkpoint.
210 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. One driver was apprehended. Aron Vanover (pictured above left), 32, of 3981 County Road 55, Bellefontaine, was charged with OVI. He was released to a family member.
Participating agencies also coordinated increased patrols during the sobriety checkpoint. This saturation effort resulted in a felony arrest for possession of a controlled substance. Kandale Harrison (pictured above right), 36, of Columbus, was charged with possession of cocaine. He was lodged in the Logan County Jail.
Over the last two years, there have been 153 crashes in Logan County that involved impaired drivers. Route 68 had the third highest number of crashes involving impaired drivers, only behind Route 33 and State Route 235.
The Bellefontaine High School prom was held Saturday night, which is an additional reason for the checkpoint location. The checkpoint was designed to discourage local youth from participating in underage consumption and impaired driving.
Multi-agency sobriety checkpoints illustrate law enforcement agency’s unified front in deterring and combating impaired driving. The success of sobriety checkpoints not only lies in physically taking impaired drivers off the streets, but also law enforcement’s ability to raise awareness and provide a general deterrence to the motoring public. Awareness and education are the first line of defense against impaired driving.
Logan County law enforcement agencies remind us to buckle up and do not drink and drive.