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BREMEN, Ind. — An Indiana State Trooper assigned to the Bremen post in northern Indiana recently surpassed 1,000 career DUI arrests.

Master Trooper Mick Dockery patrols mainly in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties. Since starting his career in December 1999, he’s arrested more than 1,000 drunk drivers.

Dockery told Indiana State Police that it isn’t about the numbers, it’s about hopefully preventing tragedy.

“Sometimes good people make bad decisions. It’s not uncommon for someone that I’ve arrested to thank me or shake my hand,” Dockery said. “For me, it’s not about how many people I can put in jail, but about keeping the community safe, and making a positive impact on a person that has put themselves in a bad situation.”