Red Dirt Ruckus

NewsOK | BLOGS

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office on TLC this Thursday night

Carrie Coppernoll Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm •  Published: December 6, 2011

Drunk people of Norman: look out! You might be on national television this week. Here’s a press release from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office:

Sheriff Joe Lester’s efforts to crackdown on those driving under the influence will be recognized on national television Thursday night.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office will be featured on TLC’s “DUI” at 8 p.m. Thursday. Mike Mathis Productions, Inc., filmed footage at a sobriety checkpoint conducted July 29 on North Flood Avenue just north of 24th Avenue NW in Norman.

Film crews followed deputies as they were briefed before the round-up and as they screened vehicles for intoxicated drivers.

Deputies arrested 20 people on various complaints during the checkpoint. Five people were arrested for driving under the influence, one for possession of marijuana and 14 other arrests including driving under suspension, no driver’s license and public drunkenness.

The checkpoints help deputies find those who are driving under the influence and ensure public safety at the same time. These checkpoints are available thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

The grant covers the purchase of equipment and manpower for the round-up. More checkpoints are planned this winter.

Sheriff Lester wants the public to know he and his deputies won’t tolerate drinking and driving. Anyone who gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol runs the risk of hurting themselves or an innocent person.

“If a deputy catches you driving under the influence, I guarantee, you will be arrested and taken to jail,” Lester said. “No exceptions.”