Driver speeds off at DUI checkpoint, arrested for DUI

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, January 2, 2013

Aiken, S.C. (WRDW) -- A man is behind bars for failing to stop at a DUI checkpoint in Aiken.

It took only seconds for 21 year old. Dillon Dennis to speed off from a traffic stop he wasn't supposed to leave.

"Checkpoints are designed as a deterrent and as an enforcement measure," said Lt. Jake Mahoney with Aiken Public Safety.

Those seconds matter the most in cutting down on DUI's.

"Any time you try to evade a traffic safety checkpoint, that can lead to a higher suspicion level," he said.

Dennis led officers on a short chase, eventually stopping the car.

Now, he's charged with DUI, along with failing to stop for blue lights.

"Last year in 2013, dui related collisions and fatalities were actually up in Aiken," said Lt. Mahoney.

But across the state of South Carolina, there were 115 fewer alcohol related collisions and 124 fewer fatalities.

"When we do encounter an imperative driver, to get them off the street," he said.

And it's this kind of enforcement that Mahoney says keeps those numbers dropping, especially during the holidays.

"Holidays often come with an increase of impaired drivers," said Mahoney.

And if you're on the roads, trying to avoid those stops, it's Aiken public safety's' goal to make sure you're not driving drunk.

"the number one goal of highway safety checkpoints is to save lives," he said.