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WV State Police issue statement in response to DUI checkpoint viral video

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Recently, several media outlets and the public have raised concerns and questions about a viral video recorded at a DUI checkpoint in Tennessee. Consequently, the West Virginia State Police released a statement on Thursday to address any concerns or questions.

"Failing to cooperate with officers who are lawfully performing their duties at a DUI Checkpoint will most likely have legal consequences," said Colonel C. R."Jay" Smithers. "Officers are trained to detect criminal activity, including driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If a motorist acts in a manner which creates either reasonable suspicion or probable cause that criminal activity is taking place, then the motorist and the public should expect the officer to investigate the circumstances further. During such instances, a further inquiry serves the best interest of both officer and public safety."

Smithers also said failing to cooperate with officers who are lawfully performing their duties at a DUI Checkpoint will most likely have legal consequences.