A woman was arrested on Saturday after officers and deputies searched her belongings and found methamphetamine and marijuana in a child’s diaper bag at a checkpoint in American Fork Canyon.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest earlier this week, saying it took place during a sobriety checkpoint over the weekend just east of Timpanogos Cave on SR-92 in American Fork Canyon.
The Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Utah Highway Patrol, Utah State Parks and U.S. Forest Service officers, said the adult woman was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, items hidden in her young child’s diaper bag. She was one of 19 arrests because of drug and alcohol violations at the checkpoint.
The purpose of this checkpoint was to deter impaired driving, said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, public information officer for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. The majority of citizens coming through the checkpoint experienced only a short delay.
In another arrest, a man was driving in American Fork Canyon drunk while having his three young sons in the car. He was found to have an alcohol level of .166, more than twice the legal limit. He had his three sons, ages 12, 10, and 8, in the car with him. Deputies tried calling numerous family members and friends but were unable to reach anyone to pick up the three children.
Ultimately, they were taken into the custody of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services to be reunited with their mother, from whom the father is divorced.
Out of the 900 cars that passed through the checkpoint, which began at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday and ended at about 12:30 a.m. the next day, there were two DUI arrests, 16 misdemeanor drug arrests and one felony drug arrest, a decrease at this checkpoint from previous years, Cannon said.