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State Police arrest dozens in drunken driving crackdown in Southeastern Mass.

State Police arrested two dozen people and issued hundreds of citations over the holiday weekend, as part of the department’s patrol surge on Route 24 and Interstate 195 near Fall River and New Bedford.

State Police spokesman David Procopio released the results of the sixth week of the increased patrols on Tuesday: Officers arrested 10 alleged drunk drivers and 14 other drivers during the increased enforcement periods over the weekend. Troopers also issued six criminal summonses and wrote 263 citations.

Trooper Russell Patenaude arrested Aengus Dlouhy, 44, of Dartmouth on charges of operating under the influence on Friday evening on I-195 in Marion, Procopio said. It is the sixth time Dlouhy has faced OUI charges.

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Patenaude also arrested a drunk driver during his regular shift Saturday afternoon, and three drunk drivers Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Trooper Paul Gifford made two OUI arrests Friday night into Saturday morning on Route 24 in West Bridgewater and Brockton, Procopio said, and Trooper Michael DiMarzio made two OUI arrests on feeder roads in New Bedford and Fall River.

State Police added the extra patrols in July on the Southeastern Massachusetts highways after a series of fatal crashes. Since then, troopers have made 55 OUI arrests and 56 other arrests.


Melissa Werthmann can be reached at melissa.werthmann@globe.com.