WATER VALLEY – Law enforcement officers wrote eight D.U.I.s and numerous traffic tickets during a five-hour operation Saturday night.
Sheriff Lance Humphreys said the operation stemmed from complaints about a private party at The Grand Palace, a nightclub on County Road 436
Deputies, assisted by troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, staged multiple driver’s license checkpoints, both on County Road 436 and Hwy. 7 starting around 10 p.m. Saturday.
“We had 17 officers, counting deputies, reserve deputies and our constables and the troopers,” Humphreys said about the manpower.
Humphreys said the citations issued included eight DUIs, one disorderly conduct, and two tickets for possession of marijuana. A dozen cars were towed during the operation.
“The rest of the tickets were basic violations,” the sheriff told the Herald. “We have received numerous complaints from people who live in the vicinity about intoxicated drivers endangering the lives of people in our county,” Humphreys told the Herald. “One of the most important duties I have is to keep the roads safe for the people in our county.”
Much of the traffic was from out-of-town, and included party-goers from as far away as Desoto County, according to the sheriff.