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UPDATE: Newhall checkpoint results in 4 arrests, sends 12 to court for driving unlicensed

Posted: April 6, 2013 8:58 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2013 1:24 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies arrested four drivers and sent another 19 to court, as well as towing five vehicles, during a DUI/impaired driver checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning.

A total of 944 vehicles were screened during the eight-hour checkpoint at the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Wheeler Road, according to a news release from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The checkpoint was active from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Five drivers were given field sobriety tests. Three were arrested for driving under the influence. Another driver was arrested for felony possession of narcotics, the news release said.

Twelve drivers were sent to court for driving without licenses or with suspended or revoked licenses. Another seven were cited and sent to court for various Vehicle Code violations.

Two of the five vehicles towed had 30-day impound holds.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials hold regular checkpoints to enforce DUI laws and check that drivers are properly licensed.

According to the Sheriff’s Station, checkpoints and other “high visibility” enforcement efforts serve as a “proven deterrent” to driving under the influence.

Funding for the checkpoints comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.




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