New Year’s DUIs: UHP, other cops nab more than 100 drivers

By Bob Mims

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: January 3, 2013 10:35AM
Updated: May 5, 2013 11:31PM

Utah Highway Patrol troopers, many of them working overtime shifts, tallied more than 100 intoxicated driver arrests during their annual New Year’s holiday crackdown.

UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said Wednesday that they made 107 DUI arrests from Dec. 28 through Jan. 1.

Salt Lake County-assigned troopers took 31 of those allegedly drunken drivers off the road, all but one of those arrests coming during the New Year’s Eve enforcement blitz.

The Utah County Sheriff, meanwhile, reported that 12 deputies arrested six drivers during a DUI saturation operation on New Year’s Eve.

Weber County troopers arrested nine motorists on DUI charges, while seven drivers were arrested in neighboring Davis County. The remainder of the 107 arrests were spread throughout the state, Johnson said.

The Salt Lake Valley’s Unified Police Department reported seven DUI arrests total for the New Year’s Eve period,while police in Salt Lake City proper reported they had taken 10 intoxicated drivers off city streets.