During the hours of 9 PM, Friday, July 27, 2012 through 3 AM, Saturday, July 28, 2012, New Hampshire State Troopers from Troop B in Bedford and officers of the Londonderry Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Route 102 in Londonderry. The checkpoint was authorized by an order of the Rockingham Superior Court and conducted under guidelines promulgated by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.
A total of one hundred ninety-six (196) vehicles and operators were screened. Along with numerous warnings, Troopers and officers issued one summons for Operating After Suspension. Two people were arrested:
- Jose F. Diaz, age 22, of Rochester, NH was arrested on warrants for Theft by Deception.
- Michael MacCarty, age 51, of Bennington, NH was arrested for Operating After Suspension of Registration and Open Container of ALcohol.
Of note was information received by personnel at the checkpoint. Several persons contacted both through the checkpoint and in a nearby business, reported that “Everybody knows about your checkpoint!”
New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn and Londonderry Police Chief William Hart and the officers of their departments consider the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers to be a top priority. They will continue to collaborate and utilize sobriety checkpoints and other means to deter, detect and remove impaired drivers from New Hampshire’s roadways.