FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. T. Albergo, 760.839.4901
On December 2, 2011 the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol Citywide. During the 8 hour detail, 23 traffic stops were conducted. A total of five drivers were arrested for DUI. Three of the five drivers arrested for DUI had been involved in traffic collisions.
In one of those instances, officers were alerted to a possible drunk driver when he was driving the wrong way down Valley Parkway, toward the officers. As they attempted to get the man stopped, he fled at high speed. The vehicle went through a red light at the intersection of Tulip and Hale, narrowly missing a patrol car, and jumped over a curb and through a planter box. With the tires flattened from striking the curb, the car stopped and the driver started to run away. Officers were able to apprehend him, hiding on the Talone’s Market Property. That man, Mauricio Oliveras, was booked at Vista Jail for DUI, possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest, and resisting arrest.
The following are results of the event:
- 5 field sobriety tests were administered
- 5 drivers were arrested for DUI,1 driver was also arrested for possession of drugs
- 8 vehicles were impounded
- 3 drivers had suspended licenses
- 2 drivers did not have a drivers license
- 12 citations were issued during this sweep.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest – Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911