Sheriff’s Office: 30 drunk drivers arrested on St. Patrick’s Day

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office says 30 drunk drivers were arrested on St. Patrick’s Day.

The sheriff’s office and the Southeast Multi-Jurisdictional OWI Task Force conducted an enhanced enforcement deployment targeting drunk drivers Saturday, March 17th.

The St. Patrick’s Day OWI enforcement began Saturday at 6:00 a.m., through Sunday, March 18th at 6:00 a.m.

“The ultimate goal of enforcement efforts such as these is not to arrest more drunk drivers, but instead, to educate the public so less people drink and get behind the wheel. However, as our numbers reflect, for those who choose to drive drunk, a warning will not be issued – an arrest will be made,” Sheriff David Clarke said.

Some statistics from “Operation Unlucky Charm”:

  • The first OWI arrest occurred at 11:55 a.m Saturday. His PAC was .15. (911 callers reported subject was driving erratically, swerving out of lane of traffic into the distress lane. Deputies stopped the vehicle southbound I-94 at Puetz Road).
  • The last OWI arrest took place at 4:52 a.m. Sunday.
  • The average prohibited alcohol level was .14
  • The highest prohibited alcohol level was .21
  • A total of 223 citations were issued
  • Age range of those arrested: 21 to 59
  • A total of 4 drunk drivers had prior convictions. The total number of repeat offenders since January 2010 has reached 544.
  • 2 drunk drivers had 1 prior conviction
  • 2 drunk drivers had 2 prior conviction

CLICK HERE to see a ride along with sheriff’s officials during “Operation Unlucky Charm.”

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