HCSO has 'active weekend' targeting drug, DUI violations

Cary Ashby • May 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard called the Memorial Day weekend an active and successful one.

That's because most of his deputies used a high-visibility grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Council to patrol the roads in Huron County. The Ohio Traffic Safety Council is part of the governor's office.

"The object was to target drug and DUI violations," Howard said. "It think it definitely was a successful weekend."

From Friday through Monday, deputies issued 12 traffic citations, 18 criminal summonses and made nine arrests.

"There were many more warnings issued than citations," Howard said.

Deputies also made 12 drug-related seizures over the three-day period.

"Five of the seizures were felony-related seizures," the sheriff said.

One Norwalk man, Dennis W. Spooner, 40, of 29 Walnut St., was charged with driving under the influence. Deputy Shannon Lyons made the traffic stop at 7:26 p.m. Friday on U.S. 250.

"He had a .173 (blood-alcohol content level) -- over twice the legal limit," said Detective Sgt. Josh Querin, who supervised the deputies Saturday and Sunday.

Howard and Chief Deputy Ted Patrick supervised officers Friday.

"The vast majority of the department participated in (the grant)," Querin said.

"We had three of our police dogs out as well. ... It was an active weekend," Howard said.

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