DUI patrol in honor of University Place man nets 34 arrests

A patrol in honor of a man killed last year by a driver high on methamphetamine netted 34 arrests by Pierce County law enforcement.

Mark Nigh, 56 of University Place, died after his legs were severed when he was hit May 23, 2014, while standing behind his delivery truck in downtown Tacoma.

Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said last weekend’s DUI patrol started at 8 p.m. Saturday and ended at 4 a.m. Sunday.

Officers made 21 DUI arrests and 13 for traffic violations, she said.

They found 21 people without insurance, 14 who were speeding, two without a proper license, and one person driving while talking on a cellphone. Police also did 18 bar checks.

The patrol involved 24 officers, who made 175 traffic contacts.

Multiple agencies participated.