Five people who were alleged to have been driving while impaired were removed from the road on Saturday at a Driving While Intoxicated checkpoint west of Joplin.
Jasper County Sheriff's Capt. Derek Walron said that counts as a successful checkpoint in his book, but finding no impaired drivers would have been fine as well.
“We got five impaired drivers off the street, that means they couldn't harm anyone,” Walrod said. “Conversely, if we had gotten no impaired drivers, I would have considered that a successful checkpoint because maybe that would have meant people are getting the message and they're not drinking and driving and potentially harming someone.
Saturday's checkpoint was held west of Joplin at Tri-State Road and West Seventh Street between 9 p.m. and about 2 a.m.
Walrod said 610 vehicles were checked during that time.
The statistics show the following:
Number of DWI arrests — 5
Drug arrests — 3
Warrant arrests — 2
People arrested for driving while revoked — 2
People arrested for driving while suspended — 1
Other citations — 15
Number of Safety Field Sobriety Tests (field tests) given — 21
Walrod said the difference between the number of sobriety tests given and DWI arrests made could be attributed to a number of factors.
“It could have been that other people in the car were drunk and the officer smelled intoxicants, so he asked the driver to take the test,” Walrod said. “If the driver passed, they were sent on their way. It could have been that someone had a couple of drinks, but were not over the limit. We couldn't hold someone for that.”