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The message on Saturday night was clear: drink and drive and you will get caught.
Law enforcement stopped 10 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and several others for alcohol intoxication.
A road block was set up at the intersection of Hwy. 227 and Hwy. 22 for a short time after the Sara Evans concert at Elk Creek Vineyards ended. Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said they continued to have heavy patrols throughout the evening.
“We knew that there would be impaired driving,” he said.
He said any time there is an event where alcohol is sold, the number of drunk drivers goes up. He compared it to events at the Kentucky Speedway, where there are a lot of people at a venue who consume alcohol.
Gentry said in general he has not seen a rise in DUIs because of Elk Creek Vineyard wine sales. Rather it is large events, such as concerts, which result in drinking and driving.
Elk Creek Vineyards owner Curtis Sigretto said that there were over 3,000 people at the concert, making it very difficult to keep track of how much alcohol an individual drinks.
Overall security was tight at the concert, with officers from the Sheriff’s office and the Owenton Police Department in attendance working crowd control. Elk Creek also provided several security officers.
Although Elk Creek is outside the city limits, Gentry said the police force has county-wide jurisdiction. This allows them to provide back-up for the Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Troopers.