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Three arrests, two for DUI, at Friday checkpoint

Posted: June 8, 2013 9:36 a.m.
Updated: June 8, 2013 9:36 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies made three arrests during an eight-hour checkpoint Friday night in Santa Clarita.

The Sheriff’s Station regularly stages such checkpoints to check for drivers who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who are unlicensed or driving with a license that has been suspended or revoked.

Approximately 1,305 vehicles were screened during Friday’s checkpoint, which was staged at the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and Avignon Drive.

Deputies arrested two people on suspicion of DUI, according to a news release from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. Both of those drivers had suspended licenses when they were arrested, according to the release.

Two other drivers were given field sobriety tests during the checkpoint and an additional driver was arrested on outstanding warrants.

Deputies also cited nine drivers for various violations of the state Vehicle Code and sent five people to court for driving without a license or with a license that had been suspended or revoked.

Four vehicles were also towed during the checkpoint, each with a 30-day impound hold.

Friday’s checkpoint was the second in as many weeks to be held in Santa Clarita. One driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI and 13 others were cited for Traffic Code violations during a May 30 checkpoint in Saugus.

Funding for Friday’s checkpoint comes from a California Office of Traffic Safety grant, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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