UPDATE: Drive-through DUI program parked

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UPDATE -- Tuesday, June 16:

TUCSON -- Any plans for placing Pima County deputies inside fast food restaurant drive-throughs to catch suspected drunk drivers has been scrapped.

Special operations commander Lt. Karl Woolridge said the program "was never more than an idea, and the sheriff (Clarence Dupnik) would never have approved it."

Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Doug Hanna told the Arizona Daily Star several local fast-food franchise owners and managers had agreed to let undercover deputies work their drive-through windows so they could spot drunk drivers placing orders. He said they were just waiting for corporate approval before going ahead.

Defense attorneys Joseph St. Louis, Michael Bloom and Brick Storts all questioned the legality of such a program.

Bloom said he wasn't sure undercover deputies had enough time to develop the "probable cause" needed to pull over drivers.

Information from: Arizona Daily Star

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ORIGINAL REPORT -- Monday, June 15:

TUCSON -- Drunken Arizona drivers with the late-night munchies may soon be getting more than chicken strips at drive-through windows.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has a new campaign targeting drunken driving. Operation Would U Like Fries, or Operation WULF, will put undercover deputies inside 24-hour fast-food restaurants to spot impaired drivers placing their orders.

Sgt. Doug Hanna, a DUI unit supervisor, says if deputies notice someone with classic symptoms of impairment -- slurred speech, red or watery eyes or beer breath -- they will have a uniformed deputy stationed outside pull the driver over.

Hanna says money for the intermittent program is coming from a $128,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Information from: the Arizona Daily Star

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)