DUI checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2015 11:37 AM

Incident: DUI checkpoint

Report #: 15-070129

Date: Friday, 7/3/2015

Time: 11:23 AM

Location: East Laurel Drive and Maryal Drive

On Thursday night, July 2nd, officers conducted a multi-agency DUI checkpoint in the area of East Laurel Drive and Maryal Drive as part of the Avoid the 20, Fourth of July campaign. Seven police officers and 4 Community Service Officers from the Salinas Police Department along with two officers from Marina PD, two officers from Pacific Grove PD, and two deputies from the San Benito Sheriff's Office worked the checkpoint together from about 6 PM until about midnight.

One driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and one driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Officers conducted Field Sobriety Tests on four other drivers who were determined not to be under the influence. One driver was arrested for possession of methamphetamines and two were arrested for outstanding warrants. Twenty seven drivers were cited for driving while unlicensed and 6 were cited for driving on a suspended license. Officers wrote seven additional citations.

Officers will continue the campaign by working DUI patrols throughout the weekend in both Monterey and San Benito counties.

Funding for the Avoid the 20 DUI Campaign is by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Avoid DUI Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the 18 day August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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