Montgomery County Police Task Force Focusing on Alcohol-Related Offenses

Area police make 62 DUI arrests in 10-day period


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Rich Leotta, whose son, Noah, a Montgomery County police officer, died while on duty, spoke to officers during a roll call for the Holiday Task Force. Noah Leotta was working with the 2015 Holiday Task Force when he was struck and killed by a DUI driver.

FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

A Montgomery County police task force made 62 arrests in the last two weeks on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, authorities said.

The task force, which is enforcing alcohol-related offenses, is scheduled to run from Nov. 15 through Jan. 6, according to a Montgomery County police press release.

Montgomery County police are working with Gaithersburg police, Maryland National Capital Park Police, Maryland State Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Takoma Park police. One evening, Rockville police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Maryland Natural Resources Police also participated.

The Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control is helping officers check for compliance at businesses with alcohol licenses, the press release said.

Police said that in the first week (Nov. 16 to 18), the task force made 19 arrests on DUI charges and issued two citations for adults younger than 21 possessing alcohol.

In the second week (Nov. 21, 22, 24 and 25), the task force made 43 arrests on DUI charges and issued four citations for underage possession of alcohol. Also, authorities made three criminal arrests, the press release said.

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