CHIPLEY – A beefed up law enforcement presence Friday night brought in a number of Spring Break arrests.

Washington County Sheriff's Office reported it increased patrols Friday night, focusing mainly on State Road 79 from Vernon to Ebro. Officials stated the extra patrols were prompted due to the increase of Spring Break traffic on route to Panama City Beach.


"The concern for the safety of our citizens is always at the forefront of everything we do," WCSO Sheriff Kevin Crews stated in a news release. " The operation was intended to increase traffic safety and remove illegal substances from our streets that could pose a risk to our communities."


During the operation, deputies performed over 130 traffic stops, which resulted in four felony arrests, 10 misdemeanor arrests and 15 traffic citations. K9s were deployed on nine stops and six of those ended in drug charges, the release stated. One person was arrested on an outstanding felony violation of probation warrant out of Bay County.


"With a focus on areas between Vernon and Ebro, I believe the heightened presence of law enforcement, by the additional deputies being on patrol, gave a sense of peace for local citizens and increased the overall safety awareness of motorists traveling on State Road 79," Crews stated.