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Town police pull over a record number of drivers suspected of DUI

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) -- Gilbert police have pulled over a record number of drivers suspected of drunken driving since New Year's Day.

That has the prosecutor's office preparing for the possibility of an influx of cases.

Between Jan. 1 and Tuesday, Gilbert has had 520 DUIs, a rate that if continued would mean more than 6,000 cases for the year, said town prosecutor Lynn Arouh.

"I don't know that we'll actually see over 6,000 cases," she said. "We can't predict what's going to happen."

In 2004, Gilbert had 4,006 DUI cases. That number dropped for a time, with 3,787 total cases in 2005.

But during the last six months of 2005, cases began to rise, reaching 2,414 in that time, and January's numbers continued the trend.

"We don't want more drinking and driving in our town," Arouh said. "We want to deter it."

On Tuesday, the Town Council approved expanding the town prosecutor's office assistant from part-time to full-time status to ease the workload, at a cost of $15,000 from the General Fund.

The town also has hired two additional public defenders in the past year for a total of five defenders, said Municipal Court Presiding Judge David Phares.

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