Crime & Courts

Holiday DWI crackdown nets 42 impaired drivers

State Highway Patrol troopers arrested 42 motorists on charges of driving while impaired over the July 4 weekend in a nine-county region that includes Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston and Cleveland counties.

Troopers also issued 139 citations for driver’s license violations, 118 for seat belt violations and 142 for registration violations.

Statewide, 405 drivers were charged with driving while impaired July 3-5, according to the State Highway Patrol.

As part of the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission also charged 26 boaters across the state with boating while impaired.

A 49-year-old Mooresville man was among those charged, after authorities said the pontoon boat he was driving struck and killed Sheyenne Marshall, 17, of Concord, who was knee-boarding with family and friends when the boat hit her.

Keith Owen Cerven’s blood alcohol content was .14, almost twice the legal limit, officers said.

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