Two sobriety checkpoints will be in operation tonight on the western side of Franklin County.

Members of the Franklin County DUI Task Force will set up on Norton Road, south of W. Broad Street, in Prairie Township.

That checkpoint will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

Columbus police will operate a checkpoint at 1818 W. Broad St. near I-70 on the West Side from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday.

The location was chosen in honor of Officer Keith Evans, who was killed in the line of duty 20 years ago.

Evans was directing traffic on W. Broad Street after Red, White & Boom on July 3, 1995. He told a driver to stop and reached inside an SUV, then became entangled as the driver accelerated. He fell to the pavement, struck his head and died six days later.

Evans had been an officer for 25 years. Members of his family are expected to be at the checkpoint tonight, police said.

Intersections along that stretch of W. Broad Street have impaired-driver crash rates between 3 percent and 25 percent, police said.

Adam Lee Nemann
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