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Guns, alcohol found in Twiggs DUI checkpoint

Head East on I-16. That's the way to Savannah for St. Patrick's Day Weekend. But for some exit 27 in Twiggs County was the way to a citation or even jail Friday night.

Guns, drugs and alcohol were all found in just a few hours. It' part of an annual effort by the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office and several surrounding agencies called Operation Wrong Exit.

It works by telling drivers there's a DUI checkpoint ahead and there is just a lot closer than they think. Many will get off on the nearest exit to find the police waiting.

"When they come around the curb and they see that this is the actual checkpoint, they'll stop and actually back up back down the exit and try and get back on the interstate," Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said.

Mitchum says the operation yields around 100 arrests each year. Many of those who are arrested are headed to Savannah's St. Patrick's Day celebration.

"We have found that some of them started celebrating before they get to Savannah," Mitchum said.

And, he says, they find a lot more than drunk drivers.

"We end up getting a lot of other stuff: drugs, wanted people, obviously impaired drivers. It's amazing what you do find when you do this," he said.

And this operation is what police plan to be doing for many St. Patrick's Day weekends to come.


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