The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with local law enforcement in an operation that led to 11 DUI arrests, as reported by officials.
According to HCSO, deputies carried out 58 traffic stops between Friday and Saturday as part of this collaborative initiative.
They collaborated with the Tampa Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Code Enforcement, and Tampa Fire Rescue.
This operation followed the recent tragedy in Ybor City, which resulted in the unfortunate deaths of a 14-year-old and a 22-year-old.
In addition, there was one felony arrest, one firearm confiscated, three citations issued, and 55 warnings, as stated by the sheriff’s office.
“This operation underscores the importance of safeguarding our streets and neighborhoods,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “Every DUI arrest represents a potential life saved, and our commitment to this cause remains firm.”
A 16-year-old was taken into custody for attempting to escape, carrying a hidden firearm, and driving without a valid or legal license during the operation.
“I am incredibly proud of our dedicated deputies for their tireless efforts in taking care of our community and ensuring its safety,” said Sheriff Chronister. “This collaborative effort between law enforcement agencies underscores our collective dedication to maintaining the safety and well-being of our community.”