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Covington Officer Recognized for Most DUI Arrests

Covington Police Specialist Erik Ruete conducted more DUI arrests in in the past year than any other officer in Kentucky in police departments with 51 to 150 officers.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety honored 206 officers from 174 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts on Tuesday in Louisville.

The 2013 Governor's Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired driving arrests in each agency and division.

Last year, Kentucky recorded more than 5,750 alcohol-related crashes which resulted in 146 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries according to a news release.

Specialist Ruete made 83 arrests for impaired driving, more than any other officer in Division 4. The Covington Police Department overall made 242 such arrests.

"We are all very proud of Erik's efforts in keeping our roadways safe for our citizens," Covington Police Chief Spike Jones told The River City News. "That number of arrests is very good and it certainly speaks to Erik's dedication and his work ethic and he's certainly putting out an extra effort to keep our streets safe here in the City, and those efforts don't go unnoticed."

"Public safety improves exponentially every time an impaired driver is removed from the roadway," said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer, in a news release. "Were it not for the actions of these men and women, there would undoubtedly be more crashes, injuries, or worse on our roadways."

Other officers from Northern Kentucky agencies with high numbers of impaired driving arrests include (in alphabetical order by agency), Joshua Zebell, Alexandria Police, (36); Michael Brown, Bellevue Police, (57); Dustin Bowling, Boone County Sheriff's Office, (71); Donald Dornheggen, Campbell County Police, (28); Rob Minter, CVG Airport Police, (11); Jacob Zink, Cold Spring Police (8); Brandi Justice, Dayton Police (4); James Kreinest, Edgewood Police (20); William McGohan, Erlanger Police (73); Michael Dickhaus, Florence Police, (21); Marcus Best, Ft. Mitchell Police, (12); Joel Tignor, Ft. Mitchell Police, (12); Michael Dietz, Ft. Thomas Police, (15); Jeff Hoppenjans, Ft Wright Police, (10); Andrew Kenner, Independence Police, (13); Chris Pittaluga, Kenton Co. Police, (13); Jonathan Henderson, Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills Police, (14); Greg Eastham, Ludlow Police, (12); Daniel Delaney, Newport Police (34); Jack Prater, Park Hills Police, (2); Mickey Collins, Wilder Police, (7).

To raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to alert the public of an increased enforcement presence during the holidays, the annual Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over campaign runs December 13 through January 1.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

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