Portsmouth police officer patrols for drunk drivers on Halloween

Posted at 11:56 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 23:56:19-04

Portsmouth, Va. - A Portsmouth Police officer has made it his personal responsibility to make sure drunk drivers end up in jail before they can hurt anyone.

"If I can save a life in any way, I will gladly do it," says Officer V. McLean.

Every night he patrols the streets of Portsmouth, McLean has a goal of making at least two DUI arrests.

"One occasion I got three and it just so happens they fall in my lap," he says.

It's a niche that's even won McLean an award from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for having the most DUI arrests in 2013, totaling 34.

This year he's already surpassed that with 37 arrests.

On Halloween, McLean says he shouldn't have a problem adding a few more to that tally.

"Along with the costume parties, comes consuming a lot of alcohol, which means more work for me," he says.

In his 17 years with the Portsmouth Police Department, McLean says he's learned what to look for.

"DUI drivers, they tend to sit up close to the steering wheel,” he says. “If you see them, they've got what we call a thousand yard stare."

Being able to spot drunk drivers is something McLean takes great pride in.

"It's like pulling a gun off the street,” he says. “A drunk person is like weapon. They can kill just as easy as pulling a trigger."