Press release - DUI Saturation Patrol Results

Published 5/3/2010 (all press releases for this day)


John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: DUI Saturation Patrol Results
DATE/TIME: Friday, April 30th, 1900-0200
Saturday, May 1st, 1700-0300
Sunday, May 2nd, 1800-2400
LOCATION: City of Oxnard
PREPARED BY: Brian Woolley, Traffic Coordinator

DETAILS:

Officers from the Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit conducted DUI saturation patrols on Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M. During these patrols, officers stopped 78 drivers, conducted 25 DUI investigations, and arrested nine drivers for DUI. One of the drivers arrested for DUI was under the age of 21 and had a blood alcohol level of .12. Officers also issued 35 citations to drivers for various vehicle code violations.

On Saturday, May 1st, at approximately 2:00 A.M., Oxnard Police officers were dispatched to an injury collision involving a DUI driver in the 1000 block of West Robert Avenue. This driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when his vehicle collided into two parked vehicles. The force of the impact caused one of the parked vehicles to be forced 80 feet into the front lawn of a residence. The driver sustained serious injuries and was later arrested from the hospital for DUI.

On Saturday, May 1st, at approximately 2300 hours, Oxnard Police officers pursued a vehicle to the intersection of Rose Avenue and Fifth Street where it collided into other vehicles that were stopped for the red light. This driver was also found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and arrested at the scene of the collision.

On Sunday, May 2nd, from 6:00 P.M. to midnight, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the Ventura Police Department and Santa Paula Police Department joined forces with the Oxnard Police Traffic Unit during an allied agency DUI saturation deployment. 16 officers searched the City of Oxnard for impaired drivers. These officers stopped 123 vehicles, conducted 15 DUI investigations, and arrested four drivers for DUI. One of the drivers had a blood alcohol level of .24, three times the legal limit.

15 drivers have been arrested for DUI in the City of Oxnard during the first three days of May. As a reminder, additional officers will be deployed for DUI saturation patrol on Wednesday, May 5th, for the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

The Oxnard Police Department will continue its no-tolerance approach to drunk driving by conducting several additional DUI operations this year. These operations are an effort to reduce the number of alcohol related crashes and to make our community and roadways safer. These operations are funded through grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) though the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

For any questions related to DUI and traffic enforcement, please contact Senior Officer Brian Woolley at (805) 385-7749 or via e-mail at brianwoolley@oxnardpd.org.



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