Drunken-driving arrests are on the rise in Newark – a statistic highlighted by a rash of DUI stops this weekend.

Between 11 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Saturday, Newark Police officers arrested eight drivers for DUI in eight separate incidents, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

Six of those arrests came within a six-hour span in the wee hours of Saturday.

“Of the arrests made, four resulted from traffic stops, two resulted from property damage crashes, and two motorists were found asleep at the wheel – one in the roadway and another in the drive-thru lane of a local restaurant,” Rubin said.

As of Nov. 2, the most recent statistics available, there had been 181 DUI arrests in Newark, a 16 percent increase over the same time period last year.

“The Newark Police would like to remind the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs,” Rubin said. “Driving under the influence is an easily preventable problem. Use a ride share service, a taxi or call a sober friend.”

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