PENDLETON — Umatilla County sheriff’s deputies warned or cited 29 drivers last month during an overtime shift crackdown on impaired drivers, but made no arrests.
The “high visibility enforcement event” to catch driver under the influence of intoxicants ran from Dec. 11 through New Year’s Day, according to a written statement from the sheriff’s office. A grant from the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association covered the cost of the shifts.
The sheriff’s office, though, responded to six crashes during standard patrol hours. A victim in one crash suffered minor injuries, according to the sheriff’s office, and the other wrecks were injury-free. One non-injury crash led to the arrest of a man for duii, but the sheriff’s office did not identify the man.
The extra patrols were part of a nationwide event to get more impaired drivers off the roads, the sheriff’s office stated, and the next duii crackdown will be on Feb. 7, Super Bowl Sunday.