Tue. 11:32am: Holiday OVI arrests up

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

According to a release from the patrol, 14 people died over the weekend – an increase of one death when compared to 2012. At the same time, however, OVI-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 highest amount of OVI and drug arrests were in the patrol’s Columbus District, encompassing Central Ohio counties, with 148 and 98 arrests respectively. The four-day reporting period ran from midnight Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday.

The patrol made 19,728 non-enforcement contacts, of which 4,908 were to assist motorists.