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Sobriety checkpoint nets six DUIs

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Six local residents were arrested and charged with drunken driving in less than two hours shortly after midnight on June 9 at a sobriety checkpoint in Mitchell.

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The South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Mitchell Police Division ran the checkpoint, located at the intersection of South Sanborn Boulevard and West Birch Avenue.

At approximately 12:19 a.m., Matthew Dale Sedivy, 28, was arrested after he allegedly made an illegal U-turn near the checkpoint, court documents say. He then allegedly performed poorly on a series of standardized field sobriety tests.

Sedivy is charged with drunken driving and making an illegal U-turn. He has since been released from jail on an unsecured $500 bond, with a court date set later this month.

Sedivy is the head wrestling coach at Dakota Wesleyan University.

At about 12:32 a.m., another vehicle, driven by 28-year-old Steven Odens, was stopped at the checkpoint. Odens was allegedly found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.089, court documents say. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08.

He was arrested and charged with drunken driving, and has since been released from jail on an unsecured $500 bond. Odens is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Shelby Stemper, 19, was arrested at the checkpoint at about 12:43 a.m. after she failed to provide authorities with a valid driver's license and was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.59. According to state law, anyone younger than 21 caught driving with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.02 can be charged with drunken driving. Law enforcement also allegedly found marijuana and a pipe in Stemper's vehicle.

Stemper is charged with driving under the influence, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a valid driver's license and possession of an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

She was released from jail on an unsecured $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in July.

Marcos Manuel Zamora, 45, was arrested at the checkpoint around 1:30 a.m., after he was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.262, a police affidavit states. Law enforcement also allegedly found two glass pipes with burnt marijuana in them in Zamora's vehicle.

Zamora is charged with drunken driving, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, ingesting marijuana and driving without a valid driver's license.

He has been released from jail on a $500 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Darrin Richard Leenknecht, 21, was arrested near the checkpoint at 1:57 a.m. after apparently refusing to stop. Instead, he allegedly accelerated through the intersection and drove behind a building at 408 S. Sanborn Blvd. He then fled his vehicle, but was chased down and apprehended by two nearby officers, court documents say.

Leenknecht is charged with drunken driving, obstructing a law enforcement officer and driving without a valid driver's license.

He has been released from jail on an unsecured $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

At 2:10 a.m., Roberta McGhee, 38, was arrested after allegedly trying to reverse her vehicle away from the checkpoint.

An officer at the scene found McGhee had a blood alcohol content of 0.206.

She is charged with drunken driving and has been released on an unsecured $500 bond with a court date set for later this month.

The state Highway Patrol announced in May it planned to set up a sobriety checkpoint in Davison County this month, as well as in 18 other counties.

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