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Numerous DUI checkpoints conducted in Santa Cruz and Monterey over the holiday

Posted on June 03, 2011 in DUI

Law enforcement in California set up a number of DUI checkpoints over the Memorial Day holiday. Police say three people were arrested for DUI at a checkpoint that was set up over a four hour period Monday night in Salinas.

Police reportedly stopped a total of 652 vehicles during the checkpoint operation. Seven people were subjected to field sobriety tests, with three drivers arrested on suspicion of DUI. Law enforcement agencies set up a number of DUI checkpoints all over Monterey County and Santa Cruz County throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The DUI checkpoints often result in a variety of charges related to alleged motor vehicle code violations. During the Salinas DUI checkpoint operation, a 21-year-old man was stopped for alleged traffic violations. Police say the man has previously been deported twice. Law enforcement says the man has a felony record. Police say they contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and placed the 21-year-old on an immigration hold.

Any experienced Santa Cruz defense attorney knows that law enforcement in the state frequently uses DUI checkpoints to investigate potential violations of the California motor vehicle code. The checkpoints must follow strict guidelines as defined under California law. An experienced DUI defense attorney can review the facts surrounding an arrest at a DUI checkpoint and evaluate the best defense available under the specific facts of an individual case.

Elsewhere over the weekend, Orange County officials say a 26-year-old Irvine man ran a red light around 1 a.m. Sunday. His pickup truck reportedly crashed into a Mercedes Benz occupied by four teenagers. A 14-year-old girl reportedly died in the wreck. The man allegedly driving the pickup truck was arrested for DUI. Police say the man previously pled guilty to a separate DUI charge in 2009.

Source: KSBW The Central Coast, "Police: Man Caught at DUI Checkpoint To Be Deported," 31 May 2011

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