Crime & Courts

Police checkpoint on pot smoker holiday nets three drug-related DUI arrests

Wichita police and other local law enforcement authorities stopped hundreds of vehicles on Saturday — celebrated as a marijuana smoker holiday — looking for alcohol- and drug-intoxicated drivers. They arrested four, including three who allegedly drove under the influence of drugs.

The checkpoint was held in the 9700 block of East Kellogg, near Webb, between 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, Wichita police spokesman Officer Charley Davidson said.

In total, law enforcement stopped 315 vehicles and evaluated 23 drivers for impairments, he said. Four people were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Authorities wrote 31 citations for a variety of violations, Davidson said.

The checkpoint was part of a statewide increase in weekend traffic patrols in an effort to crackdown on drugged driving. Saturday was April 20, also known as 420 or 4/20, and is a weed user holiday. Although some states have legalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes, it remains illegal in Kansas.

The Wichita Police Department, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol participated in Wichita’s checkpoint, Davidson said.

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Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. You can reach her at 316-268-6644. She’s an avid reader and mom of three in her non-work time.