After sharp drop last year, DUI arrests and wrecks were up Memorial Day Weekend

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Problems on North Central Washington highways over the Memorial Day Weekend returned to pre-COVID-19 levels this year, the Washington State Patrol reported Tuesday.

Troopers arrested 27 people for DUI over the long weekend in District 6 and responded to 45 collisions, said Trooper John Bryant.

District 6 encompasses Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Kittitas counties.

It’s the most DUI arrests in the past five years over the holiday weekend, and up significantly from nine arrests in 2020, when the state was in its most restrictive phase of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Bryant said 11 of the DUI arrests were made Saturday, and 14 of the 27 total were in Grant County/Basin area.

Collisions also were down during the 2020 lockdown, with just 17 over the Memorial Day Weekend last year.

The 40 reported this year surpassed the 37 recorded in 2017. There were 27 collisions in 2018 and 33 in 2019.

There were 24 DUI arrests in both 2017 and 2018 and 15 in 2019 over the Memorial Day Weekend.