Troopers in east Arkansas make 21 arrests for DWI

FORREST CITY (Times-Herald) - Officers with Arkansas State Police Troop D made more than 400 arrests during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday period, including more than 20 people being charged with DWI.

According to information from Troop D, headquartered in Forrest City, troopers made 412 arrests during the holiday period that started Wednesday evening and ended at midnight Sunday.

The arrests include 21 DWI arrests, which was the same total during the Thanksgiving holiday period last year. There were 182 speeding arrests, 32 safety belt citations and six tickets issued for child restraint violations. Troopers also made three other hazardous arrests, 129 non-hazardous arrests and 39 criminal arrests. There were also 740 warnings given to motorists, giving troopers a total of 1,177 contacts with motorists.

During the 2011 holiday period, there were 414 total arrests made which included 137 speeding citations, 21 DWI arrests, 57 seat belt citations, 11 child restraint citations, 29 other hazardous arrests, 99 non-hazardous arrests and 60 criminal arrests.

"I'd say the guys had a good weekend. We didn't have any fatal accidents, and they did a good job of taking impaired drivers off of the road. I'd call it a good weekend for us," said Capt. Jackie Clark, Commander of Troop D.

According to Clark, there were 25 accidents investigated and one alcohol-related accident but no fatalities.

Troop D includes St. Francis, Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie and Woodruff counties.

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