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Farmington Police Make DUI Arrest in Sobriety Checkpoint

The following arrest information was provided by the Farmington Police Department and does not indicate a conviction.

Photo Credit: Patch file photo
Photo Credit: Patch file photo
During an eight-hour sobriety checkpoint Friday evening into Saturday morning, Farmington police made one DUI arrest and charged another person with possession of marijuana.

Police charged Catherine M. Heinze, 57, of 63 Wood Creek Rd., Burlington, with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol at 11:56 p.m. on Sept. 6.

Police stopped her car at the intersection of Farmington Avenue and Westerberg Drive, where cops were stationed for a sobriety checkpoint. The checkpoint, part of the Farmington Police Department's campaign for safe driving, ran from 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 to 2 a.m. on Sept. 7.

After midnight, police stopped Andrew T. Nelson, 42, in the area of the checkpoint and discovered that he had marijuana in the car with him, police said. Police charged Nelson, of 220 Spencer Ave., Apt. 102, Chelsea, MA, with possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Heinze and Nelson were both released on $1,500 non-surety bonds and are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 18. 
Paul Chotkowski September 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM
This may be a bit of the pot calling the kettle carbon covered [gotta be PC] but first a digression. You gotta love Progressive Collectivists, they are bound and determined to shred the individual rights and protections enshrined in the Constitution of These United States and replace them with the primacy of the Collective and the situational application of privileges. After all even Chief Justice Rehnquist acknowledged in Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz (1990) that DUI checkpoints infringed on a constitutional right but that the State's interest in reducing drunk driving outweighed this minor infringement. So long as the State engages in a "minor infringements" of the 4th hear and a "reasonable limitation" of the 2nd there [for the children of course] or a systematic but consistent disregard of the 10th at most times, sooner or later these behaviors begin to add up and some real damage is done. But to my main point, the militarization of Police and the training of the Sheeple. When did the local Sheriff who once upon a time was call a "Peacekeeper" turn into Police who are "Law Enforcers". And why are our local Peacekeepers [who I sincerely hope are all Oathkeepers] running around in Molle vests, sporting ARs, up armored SUVs, and Baghdad style checkpoints. Yeah I got it, to save the children [and to train the Sheeple that being stopped and searched - think TSA, entry to a Federal building, or the State House - is for your own protection so shut up sit down and do as your betters tell you to do]. Ms Sawyer please consider pushing back just a bit and lets agree at the very least to call our Peacekeepers, Police or Police Officers and not Cops. Molle notwithstanding, I am of a generation that was taught that Police Officers were your friend, someone you could turn to for help and current useage aside Cops were Pigs and objects of scorn. So how about a bit of respect and lets not use the word Cops to describe Farmington Police Officers, even if they serve and protect a broken law!
Jessie Sawyer September 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Hey Paul, There is no disrespect meant, but thank you for your perspective on law enforcement terminology. I was trying to avoid the redundancy of writing "police" too many times in the same paragraph, so I chose the most common synonym. Thank you for sharing your views on DUI checkpoints and state laws. Would you be interested in writing about it in your blog? Have a nice day! ~Jessie Sawyer Editor, Farmington Patch

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