Court Sting Operation

Release Date/Time: 12/16/2014 2:59 PM

Incident: Court Sting Operation

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 12/16/2014

Time: 2:58 PM

Location: 240 Church Street

On today's date between 0800 and 1200 hours, officers conducted a court sting at the Monterey County Courthouse. Officers researched the court calendar ahead of time and found which defendants would be arraigned on charges related to Driving Under the Influence. Officers ran the driver's status on these defendants and found which of them were prohibited from driving. Officers went undercover in the courtrooms and viewed the arraignments. They followed suspended and unlicensed drivers out to their cars. If the defendant got in the car and drove away, the undercover officers would call in the traffic unit to enforce the violations. Two drivers were cited for being suspended or unlicensed. Both drivers had their cars impounded for 30 days.

The under cover officers followed over a dozen other suspended drivers out of the court room but these people made the intelligent decision to walk home or have someone else drive them. The traffic unit conducted a court sting operation at this time last year and seven drivers were cited. "I hope that this reduction shows that the word is getting out and suspended drivers are learning that they better not drive," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "I was pleasantly surprised that so many people made the right decision not to drive."

Funding for this court sting operation was provided to The Salinas Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1'

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

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