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Task force arrests 45 on suspicion of DUI

Citizen Staff Writer

The Southern Arizona DUI Task Force arrested 45 people on suspicion of driving under the influence in a crackdown this weekend.

The task force of 60 officers from several southern Arizona enforcement agencies was deployed from 8 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday in the Tucson-Pima County area, according to a news release from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Of the DUI arrests, 40 motorists were arrested on misdemeanor charges and five were arrested on felony charges, according to the media release.

Four of those arrested were under the age of 21 and nine were arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI for a blood-alcohol contents of 0.15 percent or greater. The average blood-alcohol content from arrests Nov. 30 was 0.162 percent. For Dec. 1, it was 0.136 percent. Motorists in Arizona are presumed impaired when the level is 0.08 or greater.

Officers made 378 stops and issued a total of 211 citations, according to the news release.

Officers issued five citations for not wearing seat belts and two for not using child-restraint seats.



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