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DUI checkpoint this weekend in Clearwater

— Multiple law enforcement agencies will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this weekend in Clearwater from Friday night until early Saturday morning.
Personnel from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Clearwater Police Department, Tarpon Springs Police Department and other supporting groups will set up the checkpoint on the grounds of Clearwater High School at 540 S. Hercules Ave. from 10 p.m. Friday night until 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies will be looking for driver license, registration, insurance and equipment violations in addition to impaired drivers.
The press release states that this weekend’s checkpoint is dedicated to two individuals killed as the result of an alcohol-related traffic crash last year on the Memorial Causeway in Clearwater. Robert Lemon, 25, and Hilary Michalak, 27 were riding a tandem bicycle in the early morning hours of Labor Day on Sept. 2 when they were involved in a hit-and-run incident.
Christopher Weed, the driver of the truck that hit Lemon and Michalak, was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
Video evidence taken from the hotel where Weed worked showed Weed consuming alcohol just hours before the fatal accident. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison this past May after pleading guilty.
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