Monday, March 4, 2013
The motorists were arrested after failing field sobriety tests, police said.
Saturday's sobriety checkpoint in Riverdale Park resulted in 673 checks and three individuals arrested and charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI), according to Riverdale Park police. The checkpoint—part of a multi-jurisdictional effort to deter driving while impaired and alcohol related car accidents—was held from 9 p.m to 1 a.m. on Saturday in the 5500 block of Kenilworth Avenue. Of the 673 vehicles that were checked, eight drivers were asked to perform field sobriety tests, said police. Three individuals failed the tests and were arrested and subsequently charged with DWI.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Anyone found to be driving under the influence will be arrested, said police.
If you need an extra incentive not to drink and drive on Saturday night, Riverdale Park police will be manning a sobriety checkpoint somewhere within city limits. The checkpoint is part of a multi-jurisdictional effort taking place throughout Prince George’s County to place a focus on sober driving, according to Riverdale Park police Lt. Andrew Powell. What should drivers expect when they pass through a sobriety checkpoint? According to Maryland law, drivers are required to stop at sobriety checkpoints, but they do not have to roll down their windows or engage with officers, said Powell. However not engaging is not insurance you won’t be subjected to a field sobriety test if officers think you may be under the influence. If alcohol or drug…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Authorities say one of two men who fled from Riverdale Park Police on Tuesday remains at large.
Local authorities are searching for a suspect who allegedly fled from Riverdale Park Police on Tuesday when they tried to question him regarding a string of recent break-ins. Officers attempted to the stop two men around noon in the 4600 block of Tuckerman Street, according to University Park Police Chief Michael Wynnyk, but the suspects dropped a backpack and ran away. Police managed to apprehend one of the men, Wynnyk wrote, while the second escaped and was last seen in the vicinity of Baltimore Avenue/Pineway/Clagett Road. Multiple units searched the area but were unable to locate the individual, according to Wynnyk. The suspect is described as a 25-year-old black male with a "shoulder-length dreadlock-style haircut." He was reportedly …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A Johns Hopkins analysis finds that Riverdale Park Police may need 11 new sworn personnel and 6 more civilian employees.
The anticipated population burst from the Cafritz project could require Riverdale Park to hire 17 new public safety employees, according to an assessment from Johns Hopkins University. The study, presented at Monday night's council worksession, looked at how the 3,000-odd residents expected to accompany the 36-acre mixed-use development would affect police staffing levels. Currently, the RPPD serves a population of about 6,956. When the site is fully built out, Riverdale Park could expect to see a 29 percent increase in crimes and 43 percent increase in service calls, researchers concluded. Administrative duties, code enforcement tasks, paperwork, and communications traffic are also expected to balloon. To meet that demand, the study found…