State police arrest two, cite 150 at checkpoint

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A combined Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol conducted on Interstate 25 on Wednesday, 15 miles north of Socorro, resulted in two arrests made and 150 tickets issued in just five hours.

The checkpoint, manned by members of the NM State Police and the NM Motor Transportation Police department, assisted by K-9 units, was held from 7 a.m. to noon near milepost 165. At the same time, State Police Motorcycle Patrol officers, including officers from all over the state, conducted a Saturation Patrol in the same area.

During that time, 1206 vehicles went through the checkpoint. Seventy-two citations were issued at the checkpoint, and 78 were issued by the Motor Patrol, for violations including inability to provide proof of insurance, expired registration, not wearing a seatbelt and various equipment violations. One ticket was for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

The two arrests, one made at the checkpoint and one made by the Motor Patrol team, were of people who were driving with a suspended or revoked license.

“It was a very productive checkpoint for citizen contacts at that time of the day,” State Police Sergeant Matthew Romero said. “We never know what these projects will bring. This project was to remind the citizens of New Mexico that we are trying to be proactive in the fight against DWI in our state during this holiday season.”

State Police will continue to conduct checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the state through December.