Portland, South Portland police stop 300 vehicles at OUI checkpoint

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PORTLAND — Area police staged a checkpoint late Saturday night, May 25, on the Casco Bay Bridge in search of impaired drivers. The checkpoint stopped more than 300 vehicles, Portland Police Department Cmdr. Gary Rogers said Tuesday afternoon.

Five drivers were arrested and charged with operating under the influence as a result of the checkpoint, which ran from about 11:15 p.m. Saturday to 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

The checkpoint was coordinated by the state Bureau of Highway Safety’s Regional Impaired Driving Enforcement team, and by Portland and South Portland police.

RIDE was established last year. It consists of officers from a dozen Maine law enforcement agencies who have advanced training in OUI detection.