Crime & Courts

Wichita police will hold a DUI checkpoint this weekend

Wichita police will be stopping motorists to check for drunken and drugged driving this weekend.

The check lane’s location was not immediately disclosed. But authorities will begin stopping vehicles at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and continue through 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Wichita police spokesman Officer Charley Davidson said officers will briefly halt drivers, ask to see their licenses and proof of insurance and then look them over for signs of intoxication.

“It’s anticipated the average motorist will not experience any excessive delay at the checkpoint,” he said.

But, he said, those suspected of driving under the influence will be detained for further evaluation.

Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor crime and a jailable offense.

The check lane is being funded by an impaired driver deterrent program grant and will be held in collaboration with the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and other local organizations, Davidson said.

“Please don’t drink and drive. If you consume alcohol beverages, be sure to use a designated driver or a transportation service such as Uber or Lyft,” he 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.