FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. T. Albergo, 760-839-4901
On June 2, 2012 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint in the area of Juniper and Valley Parkway. Officers were also assigned to roving DUI patrol in the City until 3 AM.
Under a new state law, drivers whose ONLY offense was being UNLICENSED to drive were given the opportunity to locate the registered owner of the vehicle to either take or assign possession of the vehicle to a licensed driver. 8 vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver.
Results of the roving DUI patrol are not included.
Following are other results from this event:
- 1677 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
- 973 vehicles were screened in primary.
- 45 vehicles were sent to secondary screening (drivers who could not produce a drivers license or who were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
- A total of 7 people were arrested.
- 5 field sobriety tests were administered during the evening, and a total of 5 DUI arrests were made. One of those arrested was on felony DUI probation, had a suspended license, and was arrested for DUI again.
Two of the 5 arrested for DUI were also involved in collisions. One person struck a police motorcycle officer. The second driver struck a parked vehicle. Luckily no one was injured in either instance.
One driver had no license and no identification. He was taken to the PD where his fingerprints were checked to help determine his identity. It was discovered that he had previously been formally deported, had a prior arrest for DUI, and had a warrant for his arrest for reckless driving. He was taken to jail for the warrant and had an immigration hold placed on him.
One person was arrested for being drunk in public and unable to care for himself.
- 11 drivers had no insurance.
- 9 vehicles were impounded.
- 23 totalcitations were issued during the checkpoint. (including 7 for suspended license and 11 for unlicensed driver.)
- Educational material was distributed regarding the improvements made in traffic safety.
- One child safety seat was correctly reinstalled for the parents.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and UC Berkeley, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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