Waldorf, MD – On December 16, 2015, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit, joined by allied agencies, conducted an impaired driver checkpoint on eastbound Berry Road, east of Jennifer School Road in Waldorf.

The checkpoint was coordinated in response to the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta who was struck by an impaired driver on December 3, 2015 and died December 10, 2015. Officer Leotta was working an impaired driver patrol at the time of the incident.

Officers from the Community Policing Unit joined the effort by conducting impaired driver saturation patrols. Commanders from Special Operations and the Executive Command Staff assisted with a briefing and at the checkpoint site. Other officers from the agency participated in the checkpoint using funding from a grant provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office welcomed members from the Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, La Plata Town Police, and Joint Base Andrews Security Forces who assisted in conducting the checkpoint. A photo of Officer Leotta and a Montgomery County Police cruiser were displayed at the checkpoint along with a sign dedicating the effort to him.

As a result of the checkpoint, 1,437 drivers were contacted. Multiple vehicles were stopped for traffic violations and equipment violations. Three vehicles were stopped for registration suspensions and two vehicles were stopped for suspended drivers. One impaired driver was arrested and one person was charged with drug possession.