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Busy Blue-White Weekend for Alcohol Task Force

by on April 17, 2014 6:55 AM

The Centre County Alcohol Task Force was kept busy last weekend with big crowds in State College for the Blue-White football game.

Officers conducted roving patrols from Friday April 11 through Sunday April 13, looking for people who were driving while intoxicated.

Ten drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, a significant increase over recent years.

Another 10 were issued citations for various traffic violations including driving on suspended licenses. Two people were cited for public drunkenness and one for underage drinking.

Warnings were also handed out to 63 people for a number of traffic infractions.

Ferguson Township Police Sgt. Ryan L. Hendrick tells StateCollege.com there were only five DUI arrests during last year's Blue-White weekend and just three in 2012. He attributes the increase to warmer weather and an increase in attendance at the Blue-White game.

Hendrick says, "With these high arrest numbers its shows the Centre County Alcohol Task Force members that we must remain steadfast with our fight to remove impaired drivers from our streets." Task force patrols will continue through the rest of the year.

The unit is made up of police officers from Ferguson, Patton and Spring Townships, as well as State College and Bellefonte.

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