Task Force Sets Up Dui Stop At Roosevelt

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The Gila County DUI Task Force is setting up a checkpoint Saturday night on Highway 188 by Roosevelt Lake.

Task Force Commander Rich Alvarez said the checkpoint is set up to remove intoxicated drivers from the road.

"In addition to the checkpoint, roving patrols will also be working throughout the county over the Memorial Day holiday weekend," Alvarez said.

Officers from the Gila County Sheriff's Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Payson and Globe Police Departments will be working the roadblock, checking for any indications of impaired driving.

The checkpoint, at milepost 251, will start at 7:30 p.m. and end around midnight.

Sheriff's deputies patrolling closed forest

The Gila County Sheriff's Office will have deputies patrol the Tonto National Forest for the duration of its closure, according to U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Dan Smith.

"They are assisting us in the detection and prevention of possible wildfires," Smith said, "and with enforcement of fire restrictions and closures."

GCSO Det. Brian Havey said deputies will be taking license plates off cars parked in the closed areas.

"We are pulling the plates and leaving a note on the windshield to contact our office," Havey said. "They will need to come here to get their plates back."

The U.S. Forest Service is paying the fuel and salaries for the extra assistance, Smith said.

"It's a great program that is in its third year," Smith said. "I think it has made a big difference and the statistics bear it out."

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