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Darlington Police chief sounds off on National Bikers Roundup

Source: Amy Lipman Source: Amy Lipman

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - The 38th annual National Bike Roundup is over and Darlington Police Chief Daniel Watson thinks from a law enforcement perspective it went as well as could have been expected, according to a Facebook post he wrote on Monday.

Chief Watson said the department had estimated they would have close to 550 hours of overtime for the event but they actually only logged 441.5 overtime hours.

During the bike rally week, 19 arrests were made, only two of which were for felony offenses. Alcohol drinking violations made up 14 of those arrests and the remaining three were due to driver’s license suspensions.

Chief Watson reports that also during the week 148 traffic citations were issued. Speeding involved 56 of the citations issued and 26 citations were issued for disregarding traffic signs and lights.

Darlington Police performed thousands of property checks throughout the whole city; officers checked on most businesses on an hourly basis and in some cases got out at the locations, according to Chief Watson’s Facebook post.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Natural Resources, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the Hartsville Police Department, other law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS worked together flawlessly, according to Chief Watson.

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