Video: 28 arrests at holiday weekend Denver police checkpoints

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Photo, video below.
We've been reporting about the fatal crash following a July 4 Grand Lake fireworks show, as well as charges against DUI veteran Lucas Ackerman. But thanks to this year's calendar, the Fourth was only the start of a four-day weekend that set up perfectly for long-haul partying.

That explains why the Denver Police Department set up a checkpoint on July 5, with the hopes of nabbing drunk drivers before they could take lives. And they found more than two dozen of them.

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The checkpoint location.
On Friday night, the Denver Police Department Facebook page reveals that the city's DUI unit participated in a Colorado Department of Transportation-sponsored campaign called Checkpoint Colorado by setting up two traffic stops on North Speer Boulevard -- one in the 500 block, the other on the 2000 block.

The results? The DPD arrested 26 people for driving under the influence of alcohol -- and two individuals for driving under the influence of drugs.

The campaign isn't over yet. The CDOT Facebook page points out that increased DUI enforcement runs through today, July 8.

Last year, CDOT cataloged seven alcohol-related fatalities on Colorado roadways. "Our goal this year is none," a July 3 "Heat Is On" post stressed.

Did law enforcers succeed? Final numbers aren't in yet, and they may not arrive for a while owing to a weekend crash on Interstate 70 near Limon that took four lives. At this point, there's been no determination about whether alcohol or drugs were involved. But one thing's certain: None of the eight passengers riding in the ill-fated vehicle, an SUV, were wearing seat belts, and all of them were ejected when it flipped.

Here's a Denver police video about Friday's DUI checkpoint.

More from our News archive: "Lucas Ackerman, driver in fatal July 4 Grand Lake crash, has past DUI bust."

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15 comments
Karen Trujillo
Karen Trujillo

Should have been more, as it was no fun driving w/ some real (?) on the road, and some close calls, as I attempted to drive defensively!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

They could have -- and should have -- busted 280 !!

Ffej Knar
Ffej Knar

i like to have my rights violated by being stopped for no reason

Joseph Crucia
Joseph Crucia

Complete and utter waste of resources. It's all one big show folks. They could give a damn about peoples safety. It's a violation of our 4th amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure, and that's just for starters. What's really telling is how Westword promotes this kind of nonsense. Tisk Tisk. As a so called 'alternative' news outlet, you should be ashamed... But I digress; the press, govt, and POlice forgot what shame is a long, long time ago...

T-Funk Chillin
T-Funk Chillin

its no longer to protect and serve, its to detain and enslave

Axel Morlotte
Axel Morlotte

Just glad it wasn't me. AM I RIGHT, EVERYBODY!?! *high five*

Bill
Bill

And how many of those 28 took a blood test instead of the breath test because they'll soon get off since the state's blood testing unit is corrupt.

B-rad K. Evans
B-rad K. Evans

Yeah more enforcement means nabbing more drunks, but why aren't we using our resources to get folks home safely? It's ironic that police departments get grant money to catch them every year, meaning there are no incentives to find alternative ways home when you've made the choice to booze it up and suddenly it's 2a .

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

Checkpoints are a sign of a MILITARY state, Definitely not something that symbolizes FREEDOM!

Half Aspen
Half Aspen

What??? Only two under the influence of drugs? Where's the hordes of stoned drivers that Suthers and company promised the voters if they approved A64?

Half Aspen
Half Aspen

I'd be impressed if it weren't for my deeply held belief that sobriety checkpoints are contrary to our Constitution...and no, I don't give a rat's ass what the blacked-robed political whores sitting on the Supreme Court say about it. I also have seen enough of these offenders slide through the courts without serious repercussions to believe our legislators even care about the offenses. It's nothing more than a band-aid whose sole purpose is to feed the machine with money.

Mark Ewell
Mark Ewell

How many total vehicles were stopped to get those 28 arrests? How many officer-manhours were put forth to make those x number of stops and 28 arrests? How many of those officer-manhours were overtime? We need this data in the article to consider the effectiveness of the program. 28 as a raw number seems like a lot, but it needs context!

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@B-rad K. Evans Why?  Because it brings in more money to prosecute rather than to prevent drunk driving.

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