COLUMBUS — Underage drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol offenses are on pace to remain in the double digits in Columbus for the year.

There have been 46 tickets issued to juveniles for minor in possession of alcohol through the first eight months of the year, while 59 drivers have been pulled to the curb for DUI, according to Columbus Police Department’s monthly activity report.

In August, there were slight increases for both offenses.

Police wrote five tickets for MIP in August, a jump from zero during the same month in 2016. Officers booked eight adult drivers into the county jail for DUI during the month, up from four during August of last year.

Sexual assaults are on the rise during 2017.

Police investigated 12 first-degree sexual assaults during the first eight months of the year, including two in August. Officers investigated eight first-degree sexual assaults through August in 2016.

Domestic assaults are down from last year.

In the first eight months of this year, officers were called to the scene of 11 reported domestic assaults, a tumble from 21 reports the department received during the same period in 2016.

In August, there four reported domestic assaults compared to just two during the same month last year.

City burglaries were on the upswing in August, but have lagged well behind the 2016 pace through the first eight months of the year.

Officers investigated seven break-ins in August, up from five reported during the same month in 2016. During the first eight months of 2017, officers filed reports on 26 burglaries, an almost 30 percent drop from the 37 reports through August of last year.

Criminal mischief violations have also been sinking during 2017, despite a sharp jump during August.

Officers filed reports on 12 criminal mischief offenses during August, up from seven during the same month in 2016.

That rise bucks the 2017 trend of falling violations, from 102 committed during the first eight months of 2016 to 93 recorded so far this year.

Local drivers were in quite the hurry to get around town in August.

Officers ticketed 37 drivers for speeding violations in August, a significant spike from the nine cited during the same month in 2016.

Police issued 308 speeding tickets through August of this year, up slightly from the 298 citations written in the same period last year. Officers handed out 925 speeding tickets in the same eight-month period during 2015.

The department's citation figures include tickets that carry a fine and those that warn drivers to slow down.

Police issued 363 total citations in August, a nearly 11 percent gain from the 328 written during the month in 2016. For the year, total violations have slipped nearly 21 percent, from 3,782 through eight months in 2016 to 3,002 so far this year.


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