State Police arrest dozens on speeding and drunken driving charges, issue hundreds of citations in patrol surge
State Police arrested two dozen people and issued hundreds of citations over the weekend, as part of the department’s patrol surge on Route 24 and Interstate 195 near Fall River and New Bedford.
State Police spokesman David Procopio released the results of the sixth week of the increased patrols in a statement today.
Officers arrested 10 drivers charged with driving under the influence and 14 drivers on other offenses, State Police said.
State Police also issued six criminal summonses and wrote 263 citations.
Trooper Russell Patenaude arrested Aengus Dlouhy, 44, of Dartmouth on operating under the influence charges Friday evening on 195 in Marion, Procopio said. It is the sixth time Dlouhy has faced OUI charges.
Patenaude also arrested a drunk driver during his regular shift Saturday afternoon, and three drunk drivers Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Trooper Paul Gifford made two OUI arrests Friday night into Saturday morning on Route 24 in West Bridgewater and Brockton, Procopio said.
Trooper Michael DiMarzio also made two OUI arrests on feeder roads in New Bedford and Fall River.
Among the speeders stopped on Route 24 Saturday and Sunday, three were clocked at 104, 107, and 110 miles per hour, Procopio said.
State Police added extra patrols in July on the Southeastern Massachusetts highways after a series of fatal crashes. Since the initiative began, troopers have made 55 OUI arrests and 56 other arrests, issued 42 criminal summons, and written 1,640 citations, Procopio said.
State Police arrested 44 people on OUI first offense, seven on OUI second offense, two on OUI third offense, one on fourth offense, and one on sixth offense, Procopio said.
The increased police presence will continue through the September.Melissa Werthmann can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.