OSHP says OVI, drug arrests up this Memorial Day weekend

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol made more impaired driving, drug and felony arrests this Memorial Day weekend compared to the 2012 holiday weekend.

In addition, 14 people lost their lives over the weekend — an increase of one death when compared to 2012. Operating a vehicle impaired-related fatalities decreased to three for the weekend, down from seven for 2012.

Patrol OVI arrests increased nearly five percent; drug arrests were up more than 62 percent; and felony arrests were up more than 20 percent.

The patrol’s Columbus District, encompassing central Ohio counties, experienced the highest amount of OVI and drug arrests, with 148 and 98 arrests respectively. The four-day reporting period began Friday at midnight and ran through 11:59 p.m. Monday.

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