Police traffic checkpoint near CCU yields 27 citations, eight arrests

troot@thesunnews.comApril 12, 2013 

— Area police conducted a traffic safety checkpoint Thursday night along S.C. 544 at Buccaneer’s Cove near Coastal Carolina University in Conway, according to a release by Myrtle Beach police MCpl. Shannon Toole.

Officers conducted the checkpoint between 8 and 11 p.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes of S.C. 544 because of the high volume of traffic, Toole said. The checkpoint was part of the 15th Circuit Law Enforcement Network routine checkpoints.

Officers issued 27 citations, arrested eight people and towed five vehicles, according to an after-action report.

Those violations included eight driver’s license charges; one vehicle license charge; six driving under suspension charges; one second-offense driving under the influence; one minor in possession of alcohol; three simple possession of marijuana and one possession of drug paraphernalia charges; one child restraint charge; one window tint violation; and four no proof of insurance charges.

There were 43 officers from 12 agencies at the checkpoint, Toole said.

“All in all, it was a safe and productive night. Thanks for your continued effort to highway safety,” Toole said in an email.

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