KCPD arrests dozens at driver's license checkpoint

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police in Kansas City made dozens of arrests on Wednesday night at a checkpoint designed to crack down on people driving on suspended or revoked licenses.

"The only thing we check for is a driver’s license- whether you have one or not," Sgt. Christopher Bentch said, KCPD's DUI Section Supervisor and the man in charge of the 45-officer operation.

But Bencht added that officers often find much more than they expect in the cars of those they do cite for driving without licenses.

"When we run the license, not only do we possibly find out you're suspended or revoked, you may have a variety of warrants that need to be taken care of," he said. "We obviously come across guns, narcotics from time to time."

On Wednesday officers made at least 35 arrests including six on felony warrants and said they discovered narcotics in at least one vehicle. Offenders were carted away from the checkpoint near 67th and Troost in a converted yellow school bus.

Bencht said the department will likely conduct four or five license checkpoints in a year-- in strategically selected locations around the city. The checkpoints are funded by grant money, not the department's regular budget. 

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