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story.lead_photo.caption A Cole County sheriff's deputy is shown with his radio microphone and body cam pinned to his chest. Photo by News Tribune / News Tribune.

Seven people were arrested following what Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler called a spot safety check this past week.

In a news release, Wheeler said deputies conducted the check from 2:30-4:55 p.m. at Westview Drive and Bagnall Drive.

There were 360 cars checked, and deputies issued 54 warnings and five summonses.

Five of those arrested were for allegedly being in possession of narcotics and the other two were for reportedly driving while revoked.

Wheeler said the department was doing this check and others like it in an effort to reduce property damage, injuries and deaths caused by unqualified or unsafe drivers and to make sure they can find defective equipment on motor vehicles.

Wheeler said other agencies, such as the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Moniteau and Morgan County Sheriff's Departments, are doing these checks.

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