UPDATED WITH STATS: What was the story with all of the blue lights on Friday night?
Anyone who went out to dinner on Friday night, or maybe just drove to the store for a gallon of milk, most likely noticed a larger-than-usual law enforcement presence around town.
Several social media videos showed a caravan of patrol vehicles, roughly 20 deep, driving through downtown Milledgeville.
As it turns out, the enhanced law enforcement presence was all part of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety "Traffic Enforcement Network." Periodically and throughout the year, different agencies will gather in a pre-determined county, have a dinner meeting and then fan out for sobriety checkpoints and license checkpoints. The "Central Region" of the Traffic Enforcement Network is comprised of Baldwin, Greene, Jones, Morgan, Newton, Putnam and Rockdale counties. On Friday night, 55 different law enforcement officers from 11 different counties were on hand.
The Milledgeville Police Department served as the host agency of Friday's meet. The MPD typically tries to host one such initiative per year.
According to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office "arrest log," a total of five DUI arrests were made either late Friday or early Saturday – two by the Georgia State Patrol, two by the MPD and one by the BCSO. A large number of other safety infractions were noted and citations written.
One man – 33-year-old Matthew Donald Dyer of Macon – made law enforcement work extra hard for his arrest. Along with DUI and traffic charges, Dyer also was charged with fleeing/attempting to elude and obstruction of an officer.
Also, one stolen vehicle was recovered and five child safety seat violations were recorded.
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