News release - 9/1/2013

Published 9/1/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



Sergeant Brian Woolley, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7847,
Senior Officer Maria Peña, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,  

 Summer/Labor DAY AVOID DUI campaign – SUnDAY update 12
The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI update of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 14 DUI deployments in Ventura County are updated.
From 12:01 AM Friday August 16, 2013 through Midnight Saturday August 31, 2013 officers representing 14 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 197 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.   

            (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)
There were no DUI deaths overnight, but there was a major injury collision the occurred in the City of Oxnard.
On August 31, 2013, at about 10:29 P.M., officers from the Oxnard Police Department and EMS personnel responded to a collision involving two vehicles near the intersection of Rose Avenue and Cesar Chavez Drive.  Upon arrival, officers found that the two vehicles involved were a white Ford Expedition and a silver 2004 BMW 325ci. 
Preliminary investigation indicates that the Ford Expedition, driven by Joel Tapia, a 25 year-old resident of Oxnard, was traveling northbound on Rose Avenue towards Cesar Chavez Drive. The BMW, driven by Leonardo Medina, a 23 year-old Oxnard resident, was traveling southbound on Rose Avenue towards Cesar Chavez Drive.  As the Ford passed the intersection of Cesar Chavez drive, it failed to negotiate a bend in the roadway. The Ford struck the center median and several trees. The impact into a tree caused Driver Tapia to be ejected from the Ford and land in the roadway near the Ford. Debris from the Ford struck the BMW causing moderate damage. Witnesses stated that the Ford was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the collision. Driver Medina was uninjured during the collision. Driver Tapia sustained serious injuries as result of the collision and was transported to a local hospital where he listed in critical condition.  Alcohol is suspected to be involved in this collision.
For the final hours of the Labor Day Holiday weekend, extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in the cities of Ventura, Simi Valley, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo and Oxnard.  All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.  The CHP is deploying all available officers onto freeways and county roads during their Maximum Enforcement Period until midnight Monday.  Multiple/DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are set region wide during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.
Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.  Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 2, 2013. 
MEDIA NOTE:  The checkpoint locations and saturation patrols will be made available for media opportunities or ride-a-longs each night.


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