People going to and from Lincolnton via Highway 321 at Main Street noticed a large police presence on Aug. 28 as the Lincolnton Police Department set up checkpoints in order to curb drinking and driving. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m., the police department was stopping vehicles and conducting license checks.
The checkpoint was set up by the Lincolnton Police Department in conjunction with Probation and Parole, the State Highway Patrol and detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Present at the scene was a state-funded intoxolyzer bus, a vehicle that processes intoxicated drivers apprehended during the checkpoint immediately at the scene. Also present was a magistrate. Probation and parole officers were on hand for warrantless searches to be conducted on anyone with former convictions that is subject to the searches per their release agreements.
During the four hours the check point took place, over 15 people were charged with various infractions. Four were charged with no operators license, two for driving while license revoked, three for registration violations, three for inspection violations, one for insurance violation and one for seat belt violation. Out of the multiple stops made, only one person was charged with DWI but the checkpoint yielded multiple misdemeanor and felony drug charges that are currently under investigation by the narcotics division of the Lincolnton police department.