Two Arrested at Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday Night in St. Mary’s County

March 18, 2019

UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, with support from the Maryland State Police, held a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

During the course of the operation at Route 235 and Valley Drive in Lexington Park, 437 vehicles drove through the checkpoint and two motorists were subsequently arrested for impaired driving.

3/13/2019: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of other agencies, will be conducting a roadside sobriety checkpoint during the evening of Saturday, March 16, 2019, on Route 235 in Lexington Park.

At Saturday’s checkpoint, law enforcement officers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Drivers will also be checked for other traffic infractions.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that roadside sobriety checkpoints are highly-visible and efficient tools used in efforts against impaired driving. Advance notification of sobriety checkpoints gives drivers the chance to make better decisions and helps to prevent and deter impaired driving. Advance notifications are also required by law for the validity of a sobriety checkpoint.

Sheriff Tim Cameron asks that everyone drive safely and sober, no matter what the occasion.




56 Responses to Two Arrested at Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday Night in St. Mary’s County

  1. Anonymous on March 13, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Why do you give these people HEADS UP????????? LET THEM TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

    • Ted Nugent on March 13, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Because the law says you have too.

    • truthteller on March 14, 2019 at 1:18 am

      How about you read the whole article dummy.

    • Steadman Bailey on March 19, 2019 at 9:32 am

      how about we have this over in Valley Lee or Ridge where everyone is drunk driving. But no, let’s go after people of color down in LPC.

      • Sarge on March 19, 2019 at 9:02 pm

        Maybe they do this there since 98% of crime is down there

  2. The Media on March 13, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    And next week yall come on down to the FOP lounge, belly on up to a cold one, and listen to some good ones!

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      As if anyone actually goes to the FOP anymore. When was the last time you saw more than one car there?

  3. Mike Thomas on March 13, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    This violates your 5th amendment rights

    • 13 on March 13, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      No, it doesn’t. Driving on a road isn’t a right, it’s a privilege.

      • The truth on March 18, 2019 at 8:23 pm

        BOOM!

    • Jack Wagon on March 14, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      Nope, try again. That crap has beem tried in the courts already.

    • The Dude... on March 18, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      The advanced notification is why it doesn’t violate the 5th Amendment…yet if you read the comment above , you have people who’d be just fine with that.

      People…get yourself a copy of the Constitution and READ it! No…not one of those gift store copies of the old parchment, they make them in small booklets! Or, hey…download a pdf copy from that interwebs thing. I bet there’s even a phone app!

      • C. Rodney on March 20, 2019 at 11:18 am

        The constitution is an ancient document written a million years ago. Needs updating.

        • Anonymous on March 22, 2019 at 9:05 am

          It was written 230 years ago, far from ancient or a million years.

  4. Anonymous on March 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I really thought the idea of Sobriety Checkpoints was to CATCH Drunk Drivers or those who are DUI…When you announce that you are setting one up and where it will be…it makes NO SENSE…and we wonder why there are so many DWI and DUI’s in this county! I thought Tim Cameron was smarter than that!

    • Ted Nugent on March 13, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      Nope. It’s about “educating” the public about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    • truthteller on March 14, 2019 at 1:24 am

      They have to give notice according to the law.

    • Pro 50 on March 14, 2019 at 1:38 am

      At least they are giving you warning that this DUI ish won’t be tolerated.Shut up and let them do their job! Or just have a couple drinks and drive on RT.235 on March 16th.

    • Di on March 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Putting into place a Sobriety Check Point Helps to education the people to think twice before you get behind the wheel and drive intoxicated!! Anonymous this is called AWARENESS! Chances are if they advertise that they are having a checkpoint, the people going to party at Solomons will have a Designated Driver set up, or make arrangements etc. Which is more effective than not doing anything, not educating about drinking and driving, instead of not doing anything and having someone, 2,3,4…. lose a life!!!

    • S. Beryz on March 18, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      You thought Cameron was smart??

  5. Anonymous on March 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    the point of telling people is to keep the drunk drivers off the road in the first place. if they announce it people are less likely to drink and drive at least saturday night and the whole point is to keep them off the road. so if u tell them and they stay home or get a DD then that is a win win for everyone. it could keep people safe for at least night witch is worth my tax dollars

  6. truthteller on March 14, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Another idiot. Read the whole damn article. Checkpoints are more for deterrence contrary to popular belief.

  7. Chrissy on March 14, 2019 at 5:44 am

    The idea isn’t to catch drink drivers, it’s to deter drunk driving. Instead of just reaching those that happen to drive up to the checkpoint, the article enables a much broader group of people to be reached and reminded that checkpoints happen and there are consequences for drink driving.

  8. Anonymous on March 14, 2019 at 6:24 am

    My definition of “Entrapment” is if you drink and drive you “Entrap” yourself in your own situation to be caught for your wrong doing. Sobriety check points should be non disclosed to the public. Just my opinion.

    • know the law so it works in your favor... on March 18, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Entrapment is when a cop puts the idea in your head to break the law (i.e. Hi, citizen… why don’t you get drunk and drive home…don’t worry… I won’t pull you over). Announcing checkpoints is the opposite, they are disclosing what they are doing so you don’t break the law.

  9. Anonymous on March 14, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Violation of Freedom of Travel

    • Jack Wagon on March 14, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      I’m sorry, I missed that one when reading the Bill of Rights. Which one is that again?

    • Rushed on March 18, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Let me guess, you’re a sovereign citizen who thinks the Federalist Papers are the law. Am I right?

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2019 at 10:38 am

      Very good, that is an actual right. Unfortunately that is the right to travel on public roads for the purpose of crossing into other states. It has nothing to do with the laws of the road you travel on. It also doesn’t give you the right to travel using a vehicle that is unregistered and without a license. Those are luxuries, not rights.

  10. Jess on March 14, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Maybe by announcing it, it will deter people from driving impairment in the first place. Maybe some people will think twice about driving before actually doing it.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Impaired *

  11. Bobaloo on March 14, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Let’s all get naked and drive through the checkpoint sober to see what happens.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Best comment!!!

      • 83Navyblue on March 18, 2019 at 5:40 pm

        Agree!

    • The REAL Truth on March 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Why bother? When you get pulled out of the car no one will be able to see your tiny man tackle under your overlapping beer gut!

    • Cap'n Obvious on March 18, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      Indecent exposure citations for all! AND…and… you’ll get to register!

  12. Helen Carter on March 14, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Note to self: take route 5.

  13. Staying home with my beer! on March 17, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Deterred me from leaving home after a few cold ones!

  14. LonewoldMcquade on March 18, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Who Cares

  15. Anonymous on March 18, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Any Repair Orders issued?

  16. Jrock on March 18, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    I wonder why they never have check points in Leonardtown.o forgot that’s were all the white folks at

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      There is a higher concentration of bar’s in Lexington Park. They do a lot of checkpoints in Hollywood too on old 235 for the same reason.

    • 83Navyblue on March 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      You are an idiot!

    • Anonymous on March 19, 2019 at 6:41 am

      Nice racist comment. Thanks for that. FYI – your neighborhood has more drunks. That’s why they patrol there. So suck up another 40oz and give it a rest.

    • Anonymous on March 19, 2019 at 10:48 am

      Nope, plenty of every race in Leonardtown…you obviously need to get out more!

  17. exrep on March 18, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    even with all the heads up the Park idiots still drink and drive the people in this Park are so stupid

  18. Charles on March 18, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Release the names of the 2 that got arrested, publicly shame them

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2019 at 11:35 am

      maybe hteir herion adicts… we never hear about who OD and needed Narcan.

  19. I Know I'm Right on March 18, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    …And there’s the racist. Hello Jrock the racist.
    …Because nobody but ‘white folks’ drive thru L-town, right?

  20. Dyl on March 19, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I went through this checkpoint as many times as I possibly could. 26 times I counted. They didn’t notice, but I wanted to show them I was a good boy.

    • Anonymous on March 19, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      Entertainment comes in many forms!

  21. Jrock on March 20, 2019 at 9:23 am

    They got plenty bars in Leonardtown pub/backroad in/rex/ winery/ all them places sell alcohol.but county officials there so that’s why they dont do check points there.

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2019 at 7:54 am

      2010 census figures:

      Leonardtown – 3,781
      Lexington Park – 11,676

      More people in Lexington Park. More crime, more drugs, and more drivers drunk. That’s the way it is in a larger community. The more people you have, the more amount of idiots.

      You want less crime, drugs, drunk driving? I think the Sahara Desert is the place you are looking for. Have a nice trip.

  22. Jrock on March 21, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    If you know # like that then you must be one of the drunks in Leonardtown.that works for up officials

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      Here’s another # for ya jrock –

      Drunks driving into buildings:

      Leonardtown – 0
      Lexington Park – 2

      That’s just the last two days.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      Simple google search. You could do it yourself if you were sober enough to see the keyboard/screen

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