Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Warren County agencies cooperated in special weekend patrols to curb driving under the influence. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Warren County OVI checkpoint nets arrest

John Cummings, 35, Hamilton, was stopped at 11:40 p.m. on Columbia Road after allegedly driving off the right side of the road. He failed field sobriety tests, was cited for failing to drive in marked lanes off right side of the road and charged with impaired driving after refusing a breath test, according to Lt. Chuck O’Bryon, commander of the Lebanon post.

Cummings was released to a family member and is scheduled to appear Thursday in Mason Municipal Court, O’Bryon added.

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The Lebanon Highway Patrol post, with assistance from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Warren County Safe Communities Coalition, announced the location of the checkpoint Friday morning.

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It was held from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Law enforcement checked 994 vehicles and diverted 24 vehicles to check the drivers for impairment.

The highway patrol also “conducted saturation patrols” in the area of the checkpoint from 6 p.m. to to 3 a.m., according to a press release issued Monday.

During these patrols, a total of 44 vehicles were stopped and Cummings was arrested for OVI.

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Federal grant money supported the OVI checkpoint and saturation patrols.

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“OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways,” O’Bryon said in a press release.

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