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August 2, 2012

Almost 200 drivers screened at checkpoint|Police arrest two at checkpoint

LONDONDERRY — New Hampshire State Police Troop B and Londonderry police conducted a sobriety checkpoint from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday on Route 102.

Police stopped 196 vehicles and screened those operators.

Numerous warnings were issued, according to state police. One driver was issued a summons for operating after suspension.

Two people were arrested.

Jose Diaz, 22, of Rochester was arrested on outstanding warrants for theft by deception.

Michael McCarthy, 51, of Bennington was arrested for operating after suspension of registration and having an open container of alcohol.

Police working at the checkpoint said several said, “Everybody knows about your checkpoint.”

New Hampshire State Police Col. Robert Quinn, Londonderry Police Chief William Hart and the officers of their departments consider the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers to be a top priority.

They will continue to collaborate and utilize sobriety checkpoints and other means to deter, detect and remove impaired drivers from New Hampshire’s roadways, according to a prepared statement.

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