Checkpoints lead to DUI arrests |

Checkpoints lead to DUI arrests

Christine Metz

— A Steamboat Springs Police Department sobriety checkpoint that stopped more than 200 drivers netted two arrests for drunken driving.

From 9 p.m. Saturday to 2:12 a.m. Sunday, the police department set up three different check points in an effort to curb drunken driving.

Steamboat Springs Police Captain Joel Rae called the checkpoints a success.

In the past few years, police have used stationary checkpoints but changed to mobile ones this year. Before Saturday night, police identified six locations for the checkpoints.

From 9:15 to 10:30 p.m., a checkpoint was at Routt County Road 129 north and south bound between Copper Ridge Drive and Downhill Drive. One driver out of the 106 that passed through the checkpoint was asked to do voluntary roadside maneuvers. The police determined the man was not impaired by alcohol and no arrests were made.

From 10:45 p.m. to 12 a.m., a checkpoint was set up at U.S. Highway 40 west bound between Downhill Drive and Riverside Center. No arrests were made from the 60 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint.

The final checkpoint was on U.S. Highway 40 east bound between Mount Werner Road and Walton Creek Road. Of the 42 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint from 12:30 to 2:15 a.m., one arrest was made.

Police arrested Anthony Lawrence, a 37-year-old Steamboat Springs man, for driving under the influence.

Police also arrested Bryan Joseph Geier, 35 of Lone Tree. A police officer on a saturation patrol said he witnessed Geier run a stop sign and fail to use a turn signal at Village Inn Court and Ski Time Square Drive.

Police said Geier tried to flee in his vehicle and then on foot. When caught, Geier failed roadside sobriety tests and refused to take a Breathalyzer, police said.

He was charged with felony eluding, DUI, driving under a suspended license, weaving, no registration, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, disregarding a stop sign and failing to signal.

When the police did a checkpoint last August, two drivers were arrested for DUI and another two were arrested for driving while ability impaired.

The checkpoints are funded through grants from the Colorado Department of Transportation Law Enforcement Assistance Fund.

More than 120 DUI checkpoints are planned throughout the state this summer. The police plan another DUI checkpoint before the end of the year in Steamboat, likely in October.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

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