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Downers Grove police make five DUI arrests during St. Pat's crackdown

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:57 p.m. CST

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department made five drunk-driving arrests, three arrests for license violations, and two for possession of drug paraphernalia during the recent St. Patrick’s Day crackdown, according to Downers Grove Police Lt. Michael Willison.

One of the drunk driving offenders was also charged with two counts of endangering the life of a child, Willison said.

The DUI arrests were made after midnight from March 10-17; other citations occurred during evening hours over same period.

In addition, officers issued five seat belt citations, 26 speeding violations and three cell phone violations.

The Downers Grove police joined forces with other state and local law enforcement and highway safety partners in the Illinois St. Patrick’s Day campaign.

The crackdown took place because data shows a recent increase in drunk driving fatalities in Illinois, according to police.

This law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety grants through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.

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