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Year End Report Shows More Drunk Driving Arrests

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - The number of drunk drivers arrested on West Richland roads rose for the third straight year in a row.

In West Richland's year end report, the numbers show more drunks were caught and arrests for several crimes like thefts are sky rocketing.  Arrests for things like DUI's and property crimes were up by over 100 percent compared to 2005.

More criminals were caught in 2006 than past years.  Eighty-five people were arrested for driving drunk last year compared to 52 in 2005.  But to keep that trend going the department needs more funding.

"When you have more calls for service there are going to be cutbacks somewhere," said West Richlan Plice Chief Layne Erdman.

There were 4,042 calls for service into the Benton County Dispatch center in 2006 compared to 3,800 in 2005.

Crimes are also going up because many are linked to drugs. 

In order to keep a safe community, police said they need staffing to keep the criminals in check.