PDT Staff Writer
An OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence) checkpoint manned by the Portsmouth Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, netted an arrest and a citation being issued for two people in one of the vehicles that was stopped.
Robert L. Dingus, 28 of Oak Hill, Ohio was arrested for OVI and possession of drug paraphernalia. A passenger in his car, Siara Bennington, 24, of Aberdeen, Ohio, was cited for possession of approximately half an ounce of marijuana, which was located in the car.
The location of the checkpoint, Gallia and Kendal in Portsmouth, was chosen due to the high number of OVI arrests that have historically been made in that area. The checkpoint was set up by Portsmouth city maintenance workers. The checkpoint started at 9 p.m. and ended at nearly midnight.
There were 345 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint. Only 12 motorists were diverted for further investigation; 11 of the diversions were for licensing issues. One of the diversions resulted in the charges filed against Dingus and Bennington.
“I am pleased with the results of the checkpoint as they are always a good opportunity for inter-agency cooperation and they do a good job of deterring impaired driving,” Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said.
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