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Roadblock in Logan Canyon results in 34 citations and arrests

April 3rd, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Stephanie Zollinger

LOGAN — Organized roadblocks save lives. “I think we do the public a service,” Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Jensen said.

Ten officers from five organizations, including the Sheriff’s Office, Logan City Police, Utah Highway Patrol, Parks and Recreation, and Forest Service law enforcement worked together in Logan Canyon March 26 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and had “a lot of success.” Two dogs, one from Logan City and one from the Forest Service, were also in the group, Jensen said.

Their plan was to stop and search every third vehicle, Jensen said. During the roadblock, 417 vehicles went through the checkpoint. There were 44 vehicles searched, approximately 41 of which the dogs identified as having drugs. Six people were given a sobriety test where they had to walk the line or touch their nose. Seven people were cited for traffic violations, and 26 arrests were made for drugs, alcohol and outstanding warrants.

Jensen said he was pleased to see four vehicles had designated drivers, meaning the vehicle owner was intoxicated but let someone else drive.

Roadblocks are done on an as-needed basis and are approved by a judge. “We just can’t [authorize] that [for fun],” Jensen said as he explained the process that happens to get a roadblock. After the roadblock is approved by a judge, the office involved is required to post it in the newspaper at least once with the time, date, and location of the roadblock.

After the roadblock is finished a report is written and taken to the judge who gave approval, so he can review the results.


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