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DUI checkpoint nets one arrest

Posted: January 27, 2014 2:50 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2014 2:50 p.m.

A sobriety checkpoint set up in Canyon Country by the California Highway Patrol Friday night resulted in one arrest and four misdemeanor citations, a CHP spokesman said.

Between 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 a.m. Saturday, CHP officers stopped “hundreds” of motorists at sobriety checkpoint on Sierra Highway at Vasquez Canyon Road, said CHP Officer John Lutz.

“We made one (driving under the influence) arrest,” Lutz said. “As well, we issued four misdemeanors including two for driving without a licence and two for driving with an open container (of alcohol).”

In a news released issued in advance of the checkpoint, motorists were advised that they if approached the checkpoint they could expect to see informational signs advising them of a sobriety checkpoint ahead. They were also told that once diverted into the lane, they would be detained only momentarily while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.

Comparatively, CHP officers from the Newhall station arrested seven people with driving under the influence of alcohol between Friday and Sunday.  Deputies, in the same period, arrested three people for impaired driving, according to the arrest log issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station.

The goal of the DUI Checkpoint is to create awareness among the motoring public, to deter people from driving under the influence, and to keep the streets safe for all. Although checkpoints tend to reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road, the CHP will apprehend DUI drivers who fail to heed our warnings. Even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically, the psychological influence a checkpoint has on the motoring public is invaluable.

Sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance to the guidelines for checkpoint operations outlined in the Supreme Court decision, Ingersol vs. Palmer.


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EgbertSouse4U: Posted: January 27, 2014 3:20 p.m.

One arrest = FAIL.

Keep throwing our money away, that's just great.

eevveell: Posted: January 27, 2014 3:20 p.m.

Gee if you are looking to stop people from driving under the influence do it this sunday bet you get a hole lot more off the road but that would mean they would have to work surper bowl sunday and thats not going to happend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: January 27, 2014 3:27 p.m.

eevveell: Exactly. They never do these on New Year's eve, Christmas eve or Superbowl Sunday. Makes ya kinda wonder, doesn't it?

underwater: Posted: January 27, 2014 3:39 p.m.

Egbert. They are not throwing money away, just misusing it. We are throwing money away by paying our government to do it!

LosRubios: Posted: January 27, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Drove up Sierra Hwy past Vasquez on Friday evening around 8pm or so and they weren't there then so they must have set up a little later than 6:30pm.

ohhyaa: Posted: January 27, 2014 5:06 p.m.

1 driver with 2 more in the vehicle consuming alcohol... losers.

scv_donn: Posted: January 28, 2014 6:28 a.m.

A friend of mine said it was on Sierra and Soledad.

ricketzz: Posted: January 28, 2014 6:44 a.m.

Sierra and Soledad is inside the city limits.

michael: Posted: January 29, 2014 9:56 a.m.

The life they saved may have been yours!

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: January 29, 2014 11:56 a.m.



I could have been hit by a drunk driver on the Old Road, but instead of using tax money for saturation patrols, the CHP instead waited for the drunks to fall into their laps. Lots of "what-ifs." It all just adds up to LAZY law enforcement and overtime pay.

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