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St. Patrick's Day sobriety checkpoint yields no arrests
Jonathan Miano, Times file photo

Police were out hunting for drunken drivers on St. Patrick's Day in Porter County, but didn't find any.

The Indiana State Police and the Northern Porter County Traffic Safety Partnership set up a sobriety checkpoint by U.S. 20 and Waverly in Porter on a night that's known for green beer, pints of Guinness and drunken revelry. 

Police officers checked a total of 219 drivers who passed through the previously announced checkpoint between 10 p.m. and midnight Friday, according to a news release. They handed out a single traffic ticket and issued two warnings. 

Officers gave one driver a portable breath test, but the driver passed. Police turned up no impaired drivers.

The checkpoint got federal funding through the Operation Pull Over “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” project. Indiana State Police say they will continue to conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the year in order to discourage drunken driving.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.