COLUMBIA — Sobriety checkpoint planned this weekend
Howard County Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend, the second this year.
On April 11, police deployed the first checkpoint of 1992, netting 14 arrests. Those arrested were charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, said Sgt. Gary Gardner, police spokesman.
The 10-second checkpoints were established in 1988 "to remind people not to drink and drive," Gardner said, and are coordinated by the department's traffic division.
Since 1988, Howard police have conducted 21 checkpoints and charged 255 people. Also, 33 people have been charged with various criminal violations including possessions of illegal drugs or concealed deadly weapons or resisting arrest, Gardner said.
People with a blood-alcohol content between .07 percent and .10 percent can be charged with DUI, a misdemeanor, he said. Those with a blood-alcohol level above .10 percent can be charged with DWI, also a misdemeanor.
* Here are some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:
9600 block of Basket Ring Road: June 21, between 1 and 4 a.m. someone entered an unlocked door and stole a purse containing $200 in cash. The purse was later recovered, but
the money was gone.
6100 block of Major's Lane: Between June 17 and 18, while the residents were asleep, someone cut open a window and took a purse containing $20. The purse was later recovered in a field, but the money had been stolen.
7200 block of Dockside Lane: June 18, someone entered an unlocked door and stole a videocassette recorder and Nintendo video games.
10600 block of Green Mountain Circle: June 20, someone pried open a window screen and was seen fleeing.
Item: 9300 block of Snowden River Parkway: June 21, someone shattered the glass of Photo Gallery Inc. and stole cash.
Item: 9700 block of Patuxent Woods Drive: Between June 20 and 21, someone smashed glass and stole computers.
Item: 6400 block of Dobbin Center Way: June 21, officers responding to an alarm discovered a garage-door window at Jiffy Lube had been broken. Someone stole a cash register.
8800 block of Tamar Drive: Between June 19 and 20, someone stole a 1983 maroon Honda Accord.
9700 block of Patuxent Woods Drive: Between June 11 and 12, someone stole a 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier.
10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: June 16, someone broke the steering column of a Chevrolet Camaro.
10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: June 20, someone stole a 1986 white Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
3000 block of Oak Green Circle: June 20, a clock was taken. There were no
signs of forced entry.
4400 block of Bonnie Branch Road: Between June 20 and 21, someone smashed a window. Blood was found on the window sill.
10100 block of Old Frederick Road: Between June 14 and 15, someone tampered with a 1988 Isuzu Trooper.
8900 block of Town & Country Boulevard: Between June 18 and 19, someone tried to steal a 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse. A screw was found in the ignition.
3000 block of North Ridge Road: Between June 18 and 19, someone stole a 1992 gray Honda Accord.
9600 block of Hadleigh Court: June 15, items were stolen. A moving van was spotted. There were no signs of forced entry.
8200 block of Leishear Road: Between June 19 and 20, someone climbed a barbed wire fence and stole tools from a storage compartment.
12800 block of Frederick Road: Between June 20 and 21, someone pried open a door and stole a telephone, TV, radio and cooler.
12900 block of Hall Shop Road: Between June 18 and 19, someone entered a trailer window and stole a fax machine and a camera.
15000 block of Frederick Road: Between June 16 and 17, someone rammed a gate to a storage yard and stole five tractors with mower decks attached, valued at $35,000.
11100 block of Douglas Avenue: Between June 14 and 15, someone stole a 1985 brown Toyota truck.