Pierce County law enforcement officers arrested 50 drivers, including 16 on suspicion of drunken driving, during an emphasis patrol last weekend in Tacoma.
It is the largest number of drivers arrested during an emphasis patrol in Pierce County since they began more than 15 years ago, the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI Task Force said Friday.
Drivers who tried to drive after drinking too much at the Taste of Tacoma were arrested when they began driving dangerously on state Route 16 and Interstate 5, according to the group.
Of the 50 arrested June 26:
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• 16 were on suspicion of drunken driving. One of the women arrested had three previous DUI arrests, the task force reported.
• 11 were on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor drug crimes and outstanding warrants.
• 23 were on suspicion of driving with a suspended or revoked license.
In addition, officers cited 29 drivers for not having proof of valid insurance.
They also found a stolen car and impounded a motorcycle because its driver did not have a valid motorcycle endorsement on his license.
The patrols focused on the areas of Portland and McKinley avenues, South Tacoma Way, and Sixth Avenue north of Sprague Avenue.
The enforcement emphasis was hosted by the Tacoma Police Department. Officers from Bonney Lake, Sumner, Fife, Milton, Puyallup, Gig Harbor and Lakewood police departments as well as Pierce County sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers also participated.
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission funded the emphasis patrol.