ELKHART — A high-visibility enforcement zone conducted by the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department last weekend on U.S. 33 near Sunnyside Avenue netted several arrests.
Officers pulled over 46 vehicles between 10 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and 3 a.m. Sunday, March 2 and arrested five people, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.
Police arrested Matthew R. Izak, 22, of Elkhart, on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated by drugs with a passenger under 18 years of age, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Marco A. Sanchez, 26, of Elkhart, was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, counterfeit government-issued identification and operating a vehicle without a license.
Alicia Jones, 42, of South Bend, was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated by drugs, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Michael R. Marter, 32, of Wolcottville, was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Rigoberto J. Rodriguez, 23, of Goshen, was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of marijuana and a criminal warrant for dealing marijuana.
Officers also issued three open container citations, seven license violation citations and three seatbelt citations.
The high visibility enforcement zone was part a month-long campaign by the Elkhart County Sheriff's Traffic Safety Partnership called "Operation Pull Over Blitz."
Another enforcement zone will be conducted March 15 on the west side of Elkhart, according to the news release.
"(Our) goal is not to make many arrests, our goal is to have people make the right choice and not drive impaired," wrote Undersheriff Sean Holmes.