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  • Writer's pictureThe San Juan Daily Star

Highway patrols make 118 arrests for drunk driving in a week

By The Star Staff

Over the course of last week, from Monday through Sunday, agents from the Puerto Rico Police Bureau assigned to the Highway Patrol Division conducted 16,339 interventions, issuing tickets for administrative offenses and making more than 200 arrests for various crimes, including drunk driving.

According to the bureau, the interventions resulted in six arrests for controlled substances, six arrests for controlled substances and weapons, one arrest for Weapons Law, one arrest for a stolen vehicle, one arrest for a court order, 118 arrests for drunk driving and 86 arrests for driving without a license.

In addition, five interventions were conducted with four-track, three-track and Scrambler hybrid vehicles. Also seized were nine pistols, 185 rounds of ammunition and 32 magazines, along with cocaine, marijuana and pills. Two vehicles were recovered and nine vehicles, five four-tracks and three Scramblers were confiscated. Additionally, a total of $1,378.28 in cash was confiscated. The overall bail for the aforementioned events was $200,000.

Over the weekend, meanwhile, two fatal accidents were reported in the towns of Barranquitas and Patillas, raising the number of fatal accidents in 2024 to 105, compared to 133 in 2023, a reduction of 28 fatal accidents to date on island roads.

The Police Bureau urged citizens to drive with caution and respect traffic laws to avoid tragedies on the road.

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