Utica Officers Make Most DUI Arrests in State Based on Department Size

Mothers Against Drunk Driving award two Utica Police officers for making most drunken driving arrests.

If drinking and driving is your modus operandi, then steer clear of Utica.

The 13-officer police force arrested 171 motorists for driving under the influence in 2011, according to Police Chief Dave Faber.

If you take the number of arrests, divided by officers, each officer made an average of 15 DUI arrests per year—compared to .03 DUI arrests made by the 2,800 officers on the Detroit police force, according to MLive.com.

Two Utica officers in particular are credited with making the majority of the arrests: Officers Ken Hunt and Matthew Kalunzy together made 127 DUI arrests out of the departments 171.

“These two officers do an outstanding job to make our community safer,” said Faber.

In fact, the two officers were among 13 Michigan police officers to receive a Lifesaver Award from Mother Against Drunk Driving for their roles in helping put an end to drunk driving. The officers were honored during a ceremony at the San Marino Club in July.

Utica’s Location Makes It a Hot Bed For Drunken Drivers

Faber told Patch he attributes the high frequency of drunken drivers to Utica’s location.

“We have M-59 running smack dab into the middle of town. It’s eight lanes of traffic. Everyone in the area is well aware that M-59 connects Mount Clemens to Pontiac, which are known to have a lot of nightlife,” he said.

The chief clarified that his officers are not directed to look for drunken drivers and they do not wait outside bars and restaurants waiting to nab people.

“We don’t treat any bar differently or target them,” he said.

bill marazas September 14, 2012 at 01:32 PM
thats because they sit out by all the bars at closing---
jholeton jr September 14, 2012 at 01:44 PM
The Utica Police Department is 1/2 a block away from (4) major bars in the area. If they are out, they will always have a large % of DUI convictions because the drunks have to cross them in order to leave such a small area. They are very visible when the bars let out between 3-4a.m. & will ALWAYS have a large % of DUI convictions because that is the major crime occuring in utica.
Eric Hubbel September 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
And thats a bad thing?
Sammy V. September 15, 2012 at 02:32 PM
To think that 15 DUI arrests per year per officer is a high number. That's barely 1 DUI arrest per month per officer. Clearly the Utica officers with all the arrests work the night shift, and good for them for keeping the roads safe. I used to work in a bar and I would guess that more than half of all bar patrons leaving after midnight are buzzed enough to be legally drunk. There are a lot of barflies around here and I don't see them taking a cab. The arrest numbers could quadruple.
Mike September 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
And the fact that one beer can get you trouble anymore. And by trouble, I'm talking big money in fines, lawyers, probation visits, losing your license, etc. Also, I hear, once you get it back, they tack on an extra $1000.00 to your license plate fees.....and I believe it's for something like 10 years! Please correct me if I'm wrong.... Screw up anymore and your life changes big time!
Frustrated Old Man September 16, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Unfortunately they'll all be back on the road in no time, doing it all over again, and again...
Mike September 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
No, they don't get back on the road as fast as you think. The court might take your license away for a year, but that only makes you eligible to talk the secretary of state into thinking you deserve the privilege. If they don't think you do, you have to wait a full year to try again. I know a young lady who lost hers and it took her 4 years to get it back.


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