River Falls checkpoint sends 24 to jail

Published 12:10 am Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Friday night driver’s license and safety checkpoint on Hwy. 55 in River Falls led to 24 arrests and 62 citations, River Falls Police Chief Cody Warren said.

Warren said the RFPD, along with the Covington County Sheriff’s Department, Red Level Police Department, Gantt Police Department, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s state bureau of investigation and state troopers, Covington County Sheriff’s Reserves, Covington County EMA and Covington County E-911 participated.

Warren said the four-hour checkpoint resulted in more than 2,500 vehicles being checked.

They made arrests for the following offenses:

  • Eight possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • One for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana first-degree and possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property;
  • 13 for minor in possession or consumption of alcohol.

“It makes me proud to live and work in such a great community as Covington County,” Warren said. “It is a blessing to have so may good fellow law enforcement officers eager to help out and assist in any way possible. I sincerely appreciate all of the other agencies that assisted in the checkpoint.”

Warren said that traffic increases dramatically during this time of year and the goal is to keep motorists as safe as possible.

“Please us caution and pay attention while driving during this upcoming spring and summer season,” he said.

Warren said that during the period between March 11 and March 19, the RFPD has made 34 arrests with 48 total charges and has issued 71 total citations.