Monongalia Co. deputies leading DUI arrests in the state

DUI-Checkpoint-1MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department has been recognized for its commitment to get drunk drivers off the road.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program named the department the top sheriff’s office in the state for the number of DUI arrests made in 2014.

According to Sheriff Al Kisner, arrests for drinking and driving in 2014 were down from 2013.

“We’re not saying don’t go do it. We’re saying be responsible. I think those numbers show us that some of the educational part of this is working,” explained Kisner.

Deputies made 358 arrests last year. There were 462 DUI arrests the previous year.

Four deputies were honored at the Highway Safety Program in May for multiple arrests in 2014.

Sgt. Steve McRobie made 70 DUI arrests.

Sgt. Curt Thomas made 58 DUI arrests.

1st Sgt. Jeb Burks made 33 arrests.

Deputy Branden Snider made 31 DUI arrests.

Kisner said they aren’t necessarily seeing a large number of young drivers driving under the influence.

“They are normally people from out of state or in the county, in the state. It’s not a predominant number with students,” Kisner shared.

The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department uses grant funding to pay for overtime for DUI enforcements.

That money pays for roving patrols, check points and underage compliance efforts.