Police stop over 8,000 vehicles over 3-day wknd

Posted at 2:52 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 14:52:29-04

Maryland State Police troopers investigated three fatal crashes this holiday weekend, and handled over 8,400 traffic stops and more than 90 arrests over the Memorial Day weekend, officials said.

From May 27-30, MSP stopped 8,443 vehicles, issuing 5,793 citations, 8,831 warnings, 798 safety equipment repair orders and arresting 93 drivers for impaired driving.

According to police, during those traffic stops, troopers made 67 criminal arrests, issued 61 civil citations and arrested 71 people wanted on warrants.

The three fatal crashes from the weekend happened in Allegheny, Harford and Queen Anne’s counties, police said. The causes of the crashes have not been determined.

During the weekend, troopers investigated 16 traffic crashes that involved drivers believed to be impaired, officers said. One crash involved an impaired driver who sideswiped a MSP patrol car that was stopped behind a traffic violator’s vehicle in St. Mary’s County. The trooper was not in his car and was not injured when the crash occurred, police said.

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