Police in force downtown for Hoopfest

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police presence at Hoopfest

Spokane Police want this to be a fun and safe Hoopfest weekend and are making a full court press to put the brakes on drunk driving.

The Mobile Impaired Driving Unit just made the journey across Washington from Bellevue. It's commonly used at major events in western Washington, like Seafair, but is in Spokane this weekend to help process people suspected of drinking and driving under the influence.

The MIDU has breathalyzers on board but for people who refuse that test local law enforcement agencies have designated Hoopfest a no refusal weekend. That means while you're sitting in the unit, they'll get a judge to approve a warrant to take your blood, and there will be a phlebotomist on board to make sure that happens in a safe and sanitary way.

You can also expect to see a lot police in the downtown area. There will be a lot of foot patrols to keep peace on the courts but this year the department plans to help secure Hoopfest parking as well, because prowlers know you'll be away from you car all day long, leaving your car as a tempting target for a break-in.

Police will be trying to look for suspicious activity, but your first line of defense is not leaving anything behind in the car in the first place.

"If the people who are driving their cars downtown and bringing their stuff downtown take away that opportunity by locking up their stuff it would make the job so much easier for us and so much harder for the criminals," Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller said.

Police are also asking you keep your dogs at home this weekend. Hoopfest is just too crowded and given our hot forecast they'd probably but a lot happier just staying on the couch.