By Edward Lewis firstname.lastname@example.orgStaff Writer Pennsylvania state police made a record number of arrests in 2010 for drunken driving while police agencies in Luzerne County reported fewer cases during the same year.
State police Commissioner Frank Noonan said troopers made 17,695 arrests for driving under the influence last year, an increase of nearly 5 percent over the 16,900 DUI arrests reported in 2009. It was the ninth consecutive year in which the number of DUI arrests by state police increased. Municipal police agencies in Luzerne County reported 1,096 DUI arrests in 2010, fewer than the 1,179 DUI arrests in the previous year, according to the state police Uniform Crime Report. UCR statistics from Jan. 1 to April 20 indicate 215 motorists have been charged by municipal police agencies with DUI, a significant drop of 371 DUI arrests during the same time in 2010. State police investigated 4,595 alcohol-related crashes in 2010, a slight decrease from the previous year. For the complete story, read The Times Leader on Friday.