Thursday, May 7, 2009

DUI sweep clears 200+ warrants


As of noon today, May 7, police have cleared more than 200 warrants by arrest in a four-day sweep of wanted DUI offenders across the metro.

The Kansas City Missouri Police Department has spearheaded the effort to proactively combat the 71 percent increase in traffic fatalities so far this year. So far this year, Kansas City has had 24 fatality accidents, compared to 14 at this date in 2008. Police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine how many of this year’s fatality accidents involve drugs or alcohol. In 2008, 49 percent of Kansas City’s fatality accidents involved drugs or alcohol.

Sergeant Daniel Graves, supervisor of KCPD’s Traffic Investigation Section, said the four-day sweep already has exceeded its goal, which was to clear 100 state warrants with arrests. Although the sweep officially ends at 5 p.m. today, some cops won’t stop then.

“Several area agencies have said they’re still following up on leads gained from the past few days on suspects with outstanding warrants, and they’ll work on this for several more days until those leads are exhausted,” Sergeant Graves said.

Reported results as of noon today are:

Warrants cleared
104 State warrants cleared by arrest
108 City warrants cleared by arrest

New arrests/violations during the course of the sweep
5 new drug arrests
1 arrest and recovery of a stolen car
11 hazardous ticket violations
10 other traffic violations

2 new driving while suspended arrests
1 minor in possession of alcohol arrest

419 residence checks were conducted
21 car checks were conducted
15 pedestrian checks were conducted

Additionally, police discovered that a large number of suspects with outstanding warrants were deceased. These suspects comprised:
53 outstanding State warrants, 27 of which were DUI warrants, and
39 outstanding City warrants, 10 of which were DUI warrants.

At least 50 of the subjects sought on outstanding DUI warrants are known to be out of the state, and another 20 are known to be incarcerated on other charges.