One DUI Charge After Rutherford County Sheriff's Office DUI Checkpoint

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Sgt. A.J. Ross and Deputy Nick Coble check a driver for sobriety during the sobriety checkpoint Friday in Walter Hill.

One driver was charged with DUI during a sobriety checkpoint Friday held in memory of a Boy Scout killed by a drugged motorist, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.

The checkpoint was conducted to remember Clifton Braunwalder, 13, of Lascassas, who was struck and killed by a drugged driver while changing the tire on the family car April 10, 2014 on Interstate 24 near Sam Ridley Parkway.

Sheriff's deputies were joined by Smyrna Police with assistance by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in the two-hour checkpoint on U.S. Highway 231 North (Lebanon Highway) on the Walter Hill Bridge.

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Cpl. Mark Mack, who coordinated the checkpoint, said two impaired drivers were stopped from driving and one driver was cited for alcohol violations. Six drivers were cited for not wearing seat belts and two drivers were charged with driving on revoked or suspended licenses. Eight drivers were cited for other traffic violation.

"We got the word out and it has deterred people from driving impaired, maybe causing them to think more responsibly," Cpl. Mack said.

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Sheriff Robert Arnold, who participated in the checkpoint, said he hopes impaired drivers will not drive.

"We urge drinking or drugged drivers to have a designated driver, call a friend for a ride or take a cab," Sheriff Arnold said. "Don't drive impaired."

Members of the Sheriff's Citizens Academy Alumni Association helped by counting the 385 cars stopped during the checkpoint.

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