Officers pulled off DWI checkpoint

What was supposed to have been a four-hour DWI checkpoint overnight in northwest Charlotte was shortened by a search for a murder suspect.

But police say they were able to nab several suspects during the 90-minute checkpoint in the 6000 block of Brookshire Boulevard, a short distance northwest of Oakdale Road.

Between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., officers say they charged two DWI suspects and two other motorists cited with violating the open-container (alcoholic beverage) law. In addition, four people were cited for driving with a revoked license, and six others were cited for driving without an operator's license.

Police also gave out 36 other citations, said Sgt. David Sloan of the CMPD's Highway Interdiction Traffic Safety (HITS) unit.

The checkpoint was to have continued until 3 a.m., but officers were sent to north Charlotte, in an effort to help catch a suspect wanted in connection with a string of crimes, including at least one murder. Several HITS officers were involved in the actual capture of the suspect, Reginald Lamar Johnson.