News release - 6/18/2012

Published 6/18/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT Court sting operation 
DATE/TIME Monday, June 18, 2012 from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
LOCATION Ventura County Superior Court 
CONTACT Mónica Muñoz Community Affairs Manager / PIO
(805) 385-7631

(Oxnard, CA) On Monday, June 18, 2012 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department’s Traffic Unit conducted an undercover “court sting” operation at the Ventura County Superior Court targeting individuals who have had their license suspended for DUI and/or other hazardous driving offenses.
Undercover officers attended the morning traffic court proceedings and listened to the judge instruct several individuals not to drive as their licenses were suspended or revoked. After hearing the instructions, officers followed the offenders from the courtroom to the parking area to make sure they were following the judge’s orders.
Officers followed eleven offenders and three had alternate means of transportation. The remaining eight chose to get into their vehicles and drive. They were stopped by awaiting officers and arrested. Their vehicles were towed and will be subject to 30-day impounds.
Oxnard PD will continue to conduct these types of operations to help reduce the number of DUI and injury-related collisions on our roadways. In recent years, when compared with cities of similar size in California, Oxnard consistently ranks in the top three for the highest number of DUI and injury crashes. Funding for this effort was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The eight individuals arrested for driving on suspended or revoked licenses after leaving the courthouse are:
Kevin Manzo 04/20/88 of Ventura
Aaron Woods 09/2/77 of Camarillo
Mariza Gonzalez 10/2/25 of Oxnard
Amanda Wiginton 10/30/84 of Camarillo
Cassandra Esparza 2/27/90 of Ventura
Carmelo Henriquez 1/26/86 of Woodland Hills
Jesus Guzman 6/18/81 of Santa Paula
Albert Merrell III 3/03/71 of Ventura


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