DUI checkpoint in Clearwater Friday

Clearwater, Florida -- Pinellas Sheriff's deputies will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Clearwater from late Friday into early Saturday morning at Clearwater High School on S. Hercules Avenue.

The checkpoint will be held starting at 10 p.m. on Friday until 3 a.m. Saturday.

At the checkpoint, deputies will be on the lookout for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Members of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Traffic Crash Investigations Unit, the Sheriff's Citizen Patrol and Explorer Post 900 will assist with non-enforcement related tasks.

Along with impaired drivers, deputies will be looking for driver license, registration, insurance, and equipment violations.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Bus will be used for breath testing and the processing of arrested individuals.

This Friday's checkpoint is dedicated to Robert Lemon, 25, and Hilary Michalak, 27. They died as the result of an alcohol-related traffic crash on the Memorial Causeway in Clearwater on Sept. 2, 2013.

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The two were riding a tandem bicycle in the early morning hours of Labor Day when they were hit by a truck which then left the scene. The driver of the truck, Christopher Weed, was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

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In video evidence taken from the hotel where he worked, he is seen consuming alcohol just hours before the fatal accident. In May 2014, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison after he pled guilty for leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

For more information about the sobriety checkpoint, contact Sergeant Michael Paniagua at (727) 582-6200; or the Sheriff's Public Information Office at (727) 582-6221.


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