Press release - Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint and DUI Saturation

Published 1/25/2011 (all press releases for this day)

Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint and DUI Saturation
DATE/TIME: January 22, 2011 1800-0200
LOCATION: City of Oxnard
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Brian Woolley, Traffic Coordinator (805) 385-7749

DETAILS:

The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday, January 22, 2011, from 6:00 P.M. to midnight.

The checkpoint was conducted in the westbound lanes of Pleasant Valley Road @ Jefferson Square.

Officers screened 926 motorists who passed through the checkpoint and conducted seven DUI investigations with drivers who had been drinking alcohol. These investigations led to the arrest of four drivers for DUI. One additional DUI arrest was made by an officer who was on the way to work at the checkpoint.

At the checkpoint, citations were issued to 59 drivers for various drivers’ license violations. Forty-three drivers were issued citations for driving without a valid driver’s license and five drivers were cited for driving with a suspended driver’s license. One additional driver was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Twenty-six vehicles were towed from the checkpoint.

Following the checkpoint, traffic officers patrolled the City of Oxnard searching for impaired drivers until 2:00 A.M. This enforcement resulted in the arrest of two additional drivers for DUI. One of the drivers was 18 years old and found to have a blood alcohol level of .20, over double the legal limit of .08.

The other driver was involved in a crash with a parked vehicle. The force of the collision caused the suspect vehicle to drive over the sidewalk and collide into the block wall that surrounds a residence. The vehicle was traveling so fast that the block wall wasn’t able to stop it before it also collided into the side of the home and caused minor damage. Following the crash, the driver fled the scene on foot but was located by responding officers a short distance away. The driver sustained significant facial injuries and was transported to the hospital. He was later booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of DUI.

The Oxnard Police Department will continue to conduct DUI enforcement operations this year. These DUI operations are an effort to reduce the number of alcohol related crashes and to make our roadways and community safer. We also remind people that if they see an impaired driver to dial 911. These DUI enforcement operations are funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Transportation Administration.

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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