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Hutchinson police, patrol try moving checkpoint

Published on -5/23/2012, 8:30 AM

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- Drivers around Hutchinson shouldn't rely on their friends to alert them to sobriety checkpoints.

For the first time in the city, the Hutchinson Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol teamed up for a moving checkpoint.

Police Sgt. Brian Hirt says the sobriety checkpoint was set up in five locations in Hutchinson Saturday evening.

Hirt says the idea is to fool drivers who use cellphones and Facebook to warn others about the location of a checkpoint.

Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Jason Hoffman says the moving checkpoints are a good way for law enforcement to keep up with changing technology.

The Hutchinson News reports (http://bit.ly/JxcwCf) out of 270 motorists stopped at the checkpoints, 13 were given field sobriety tests and two were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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