COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Summit County OVI Task Force conducted two checkpoints Friday night and as a result arrested eight drivers after stopping over 500 vehicles.
From 9 p.m until 11:30 p.m., officers set up a checkpoint in the 2600 block of South Main Street in Coventry Township where they made contact with 462 vehicles, police said.
At that checkpoint, 25 vehicles were sent to the diversion area for suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol or for not displaying a driver’s license. Two drivers were arrested for OVI and charged with having a blood alcohol content over .08—one recorded a .122% and the other a .200%, according to police.
Officers cited seven drivers at the South Main Street checkpoint for driving on a suspended license and another driver was cited for having no driver’s license, police said.
One vehicle was seized during that checkpoint, according to police.
Later Friday night, from 11:30 p.m. until 2 a.m., officers set up a checkpoint in the 2200 block of South Arlington Road in Coventry Township where they made contact with 73 vehicles.
At that checkpoint, 13 vehicles were sent to the diversion area for suspicion of OVI or not displaying a driver’s license. One driver was arrested for OVI and refused to take a breathalyzer test, police said.
Officers arrested five more drivers for driving on a suspended license, according to police.
A driver was cited at the South Arlington Road checkpoint for driving with no driver’s license and one vehicle was seized, police said.
Officers with the Akron Police Department, Stow Police Department, Barberton Police Department and Bath Police Department, as well as deputies with the Summit County Sheriff's Office, staffed both checkpoints.