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10 arrested at sobriety checkpoints in Gilford, Bedford

Ten people were arrested Friday night at a pair of sobriety checkpoints operated by the New Hampshire State Police.

Five people were arrested in Gilford, where a checkpoint on Route 11 screened 260 vehicles, the state police said in a news release. The names of those arrested weren’t made public, but they were charged with crimes including driving while intoxicated, possession of controlled drugs and illegal possession of alcohol, the police said.

In Bedford, 257 vehicles were screened on Route 101 between 9 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. yesterday by state troopers and Bedford police officers. Two people were issued summonses and five people were arrested for crimes including driving while intoxicated and transportation of alcohol by a minor, the police said.

“New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive laws in the country to fight the intoxicated driver and we are dedicated to using those tools to their full extent to make sure our citizens and visitors are safe when operating their vehicles on our roadways,” the state police said yesterday in a statement.

The state police announced Friday that a sobriety checkpoint will be set up sometime this week in Bow.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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