The Wellesley Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police conducted a joint sobriety checkpoint on Route 9 at Lexington Road on Friday, May 7th. Wellesley Police Officers and State Troopers focused on the traffic travelling both east and west on Route 9 from 11PM to 3 AM. The purpose of these checkpoints is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from roadways
Officers and Troopers had conversation with each motorist as they travelled through the checkpoint. Motorists showing signs of being intoxicated were pulled off Route 9, where officers made a further investigation to determine if they were under the influence. The checkpoint resulted in a total of 10 arrests for operating under the influence of alcohol, 7 being made by the State Police and 3 made by Wellesley officers. Deputy Sheriffs from the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office were also on scene to transport those motorists placed under arrest.
This is the third joint sobriety checkpoint run by the Wellesley Police and the State Police recently. The last checkpoint was in 2008 and operated in the same location. This checkpoint was funded through a grant by the Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.