5 Drivers Arrested During Temecula DUI Checkpoint

In addition the five, one person was arrested for public intoxication.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Five people were arrested during a DUI checkpoint that began Friday night in Temecula, a sheriff's sergeant is reporting.

The checkpoint operated from 9 p.m. Friday through 3 a.m. Saturday at Winchester and Nicolas roads, according to a report from Sgt. John Magnan. 

A total of 1,423 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. In addition to the five arrests, eight vehicles were towed and seven unlicensed/suspended drivers were sent to court. There was also a criminal arrest for public intoxication, Magnan said.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Timber December 14, 2013 at 04:30 PM
If what you say is true - "checkpoints work" - then the number of dui drivers apprehended at successive checkpoints would always be equal to or less then the previous checkpoint at the same location. The main purpose of dui checkpoints is to educate and deter drunk driving not detect and apprehend. Arresting drunk drivers at dui checkpoints is always secondary to the primary objective. This rationale dictates that this was a failure of the purpose of conducting widely publicized checkpoints. Apparently the message was not received by the public. You are free to remain delusional, carry-on
ChrisG December 14, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Very glad it was so few. I wonder what the BAC was for the 5 DUIs if all were alcohol related.
wolfcreek December 15, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Bad reporting. 5 arrests, for what? DUI? Warrants? Parole Violation? If it’s called a sobriety checkpoint then let everyone else go if they are sober. Or call them what they are, “Show me you papers checkpoint”. The Deputies involved would find more bad/drunk drivers patrolling the highways than stopping citizens exercising their freedom to be left alone.
FishFearMe December 15, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Here is video from the checkpoint. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OitqT7-B9pc&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Brenda December 15, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Timber, Hope all is well with you my friend. Have not seen you for a while but you are a person I don't forget you made your nitch. :) You know me Timber, I will keep up my....Thank God 5 were taken off the street because that is 5 that did not seriously injure or kill someone Friday night. Hopefully it is a education and deterent for them to never drink and drive again. I believe that seeing check points, seeing the deaths and injuries we have in this City each month due to DUI's is definately an education and deterent to anyone who has half a brain, if they even pay attention to such facts. Who would WANT to get drunk, pile a few buddies in his truck, run a red light at a high rate of speed, crash into a young 19 yr old girl and leave her clinging to life? Anyone who does not care they did that isnt ever going to learn a lesson anyway, check point or not. So as usual to some degree I agree with you but I am happy for the instant gratification that 5 possible wrecks did not occur Friday night with these 5 being taken off the roads. I did not drive through the one Friday night as I did others so I could not verify the 20 minute line. Fish? I wont LOL, cause this isnt really an article to get a haha over, but what the heck are you trying to do? The video is nothing and do you honestly believe the cop has never read the Constitution? We learn it in what, 1st grand? Its like mandatory, along with the Bill of Rights etc. and we have tests on it. Did you ever have to help your children memorize them for a test? He was yanking your chain and he got a good pull. :) Cudos to the officer. (cant help myself LOL and hehehehe)
ChrisG December 15, 2013 at 09:20 AM
Very cool video. Hasn't read the constitution? What a schmuck! My favorite line was when the cop said there were no cars or roads when the constitution was written. Implying that if there were DUI checkpoints most certainly would have been allowed. Besides the constitution he obvious has not read about history. Does not know of the horse and carriage. Not having lived back then I can't say for sure but I'm quite certain there were many DUIs on horseback and driving carriages on public roadways.
wolfcreek December 15, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Thanks for the video. It just confirms what I already thought about these checkpoints. Put those motors and deputies out on the streets and find the drunk driving, red light offenders on the road.
KB December 15, 2013 at 02:42 PM
@wolfcreek These so-called "DUI" checkpoints are dragnet$ and nothing more.
KB December 15, 2013 at 02:52 PM
These DUI/Stasi checkpoints are not constitutional. Read the Michigan vs Sitz ruling and the majority acknowledged that DUI checkpoints are unconstitutional, but that the infringement was "minor." It's called judicial activism (based on their personal view, not the law), this is the same court that gave us Obamacare.
Roni LaMarca December 15, 2013 at 08:04 PM
THELASTONEONTHEPLANE December 15, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I was a cab driver for 6 months in Temecula, I support these checkpoints because I wouldn't want to be an accident where a drunk driver kills me and/or my passengers. I used to deal with drunk people too, most of them are smart enough to call a cab if they cannot get a ride home. Even without money, it's better to rip off a cab driver than drive home drunk,
THELASTONEONTHEPLANE December 15, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Btw never become a cab driver in Temecula, it's one of the worst jobs ever.
Brenda December 16, 2013 at 12:01 AM
THELAST you are right! Or heck get the cab drivers name and pay him later. Anything is better then driving drunk even sitting there having some coffee, water, eating a few snacks to sober up. I have seen more and more taxi's in Temecula lately and that is a good thing. I know 2 years ago or so we did not have any or at least could not find anything but limo's or private black crysler's etc. Now, I think we have at least two taxi companies and they appear to be getting busier all the time :) Drunks are not the best people to be around and I dont care how cute they are, pretty, how much money, the job they do, NOTHING makes a drunk look better. For the guys that say they dont get lucky till the 2am call I say OMGOSH GO HOME and take a cold shower!! That drunk sloppy stuff is not worth it seriously and I AM A WOMAN Saying that. Drunks, alcoholics are hard to get a spot on cause they have learned over the years to hide it from everyone, relationships, jobs, kids, cops even. I grew up with someone who had his own stuff in his trunk like a BAR!! It was crazy and you could not usually tell he was sipping drinks all day and drove for his job. Incrediable and scary and thank god he has been sober for a long while now. Designated drivers, limos, taxi drivers have to deal with the throwup for a long time in their cars :/ God bless ya THELAST.
THELASTONEONTHEPLANE December 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Thanks Brenda, God bless you too. Have a good night, lets hope people will make the right decisions tonight.
Brenda December 16, 2013 at 05:59 AM
KB, Wolfcreek is making fun of the article. It does not say directly that "5 people were arrested for drinking and driving at the check point tonight along with 2 citations for operating a vehicle without a driver license, and 3 others citations were given out for mechanical issues." He wants to see it spelled out exactly that 5 people were arrest for DUI, which I guess is how the article should be written. It does leave it open as to what they were exactly arrested for if you re-read it. You all watching that Video, LOL. I think that officer was pulling a haha. Like a smart azz remark in "No, what is the constitution?" As I said we all learn and memorize it in school for extra credit, along with Bill of Rights and what other stuff, and didnt you all help your kids learn it for homework? I did, wayyyy toooo many times! Its a part of American History in one of the grades. So unless he went to school in some other country I think he would know what it is, LOL
JJ Mclure December 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM
they work by arresting the people that aren't responsible drinkers....it also is a deterrent for those that might have a few more drinks. In your face Flanders.
Steve Nunn December 16, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Having been in law enforcement for 24 years, I can say these numbers are ridicules. To man a DUI check point taskforce for 6 hours is more like 8 hours with the prep and break down time. At least 10 to 15 officers are assigned and only 5 DUI arrests? WOW! Send these cops out for an 8 hour shift and they should be able to make at least one “observation” DUI arrest, plus a few tickets and impounds.
ChrisG December 16, 2013 at 01:11 PM
@SteveNunn, Thanks, that is what most of us thought.
Mike Mueller December 16, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Could you imagine a city that publicizes that they do not and will not ever do DUI check points in their city. They will also refuse to allow the Border Patrol to do their checks. What kind of people do you think that would attract? Would you live their with your kids? I dont like the inconvenience of being stopped, NO ONE DOES. And yes, it is a constitutional right to roam freely in the United States. But I would take the inconvenience over the alternative.
wolfcreek December 16, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Not having checkpoints does not mean you don’t pull over drunk drivers. It just means that government officials cannot stop you for no probable cause other than hoping your doing something wrong. I like Steve Nunn comment and I agree 100%.
Brenda December 16, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Everyone has valid points but I would rather still have those 5 drivers DEFINATELY caught before they killed someone. Possibly ME, or one of my family members, or friends.
chazz December 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM
I know someone who had a son killed by a drunk driver. The horror and heartbreak is beyond description. If these checkpoints keep one drunk driver off the road and killing an innocent person, have more checkpoints! To drive and be stupid enough to be drunk should be charged with a year in prison, if someone dies due to a drunk driver it should be capital murder!
Brenda December 16, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Exactly Chazz. People yell, its not premeditated, its an accident!! I do NOT feel the same was as all of us are trained from a young age about drinking and if you have some half way decent parents that are open about it, you kn ow you always have a ride. There is absolutely NO reason to drink and drive at any age. EVERYONE IS AWARE THAT DRINKING AND DRIVING HAS A HIGH PROBABILITY OF causing death or serious injuries to innocent people. That is PREMEDITATED, we ALL KNOW IT Unless you are drunk and 5 driving a CAR. Get the charges right, the crime, get the sentencing, and the prison time right for the crime. 1 to 4 years is completely unexceptable for murdering 1 or 2 or even 3 people. And it is murder, and everyone waving their hands saying its not? Wait until its one of your family members, wife, 5 yr old daughter, 6 month old son, grandparents right? Our charges, and laws for sentencing are so lenient a woman in a big SUV can speed through a RED LIGHT with her daughter in the car, not drunk mind you, but obvious wreckless driving at a minimum with no thought to human life, and she sure enough plows through a 24 Marine's car and kills him. Yep, she sure did. She ran a red light and was speeding to do it and she is responsible for anything that happened to anyone for that running of the red light. The City would make her pay to put up a new light pole right? But her sentence for killing a 24 yr old Marine who had already lived through war a few times gets RUN OVER and SHE GOT HER license suspended for one year. WE all know that running a red light, just like drunk driving can result in deaths, murder, serious injuries that have people living out their life as a vegetable, and they get a suspended license for a year or 1 to 4 yrs in jail? Think about it.
Mike Mueller December 17, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Drunk drivers should be charged for the crime not the lesser charge of "[CRIME] while intoxicated", especially if its the 2nd, 3rd or 4th offense.
FishFearMe December 18, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Brenda the joke's on you I have more video that I will be uploading soon that shows just how serious they are. he also goes on to explain their tactics which are not to observe each car but instead to pull over randomly cars based on an algorithm in other words every 4th car than every seventh car the back to the 4th car. Do you see how ridiculously unaffective this is if you're the third car going through drunk as a skunk your waved bye. people like you are the problem even when presented with evidence you prefer you're safe little fairy tail world thinking this type of thing is keeping you safe.
FishFearMe December 18, 2013 at 01:41 PM
coming to a town near you. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/18/pa-town-latest-to-force-drivers-over-and-ask-for-cheek-swabs-for-federal-study/
CB December 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Get something besides Fox news..no one trusts them. Even more so than other news channels..
southernbelle January 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM
@Brenda--So I've only been visiting here on the Patch for a little over a month. I've met a whole lot of characters from kind and compassionate to just plain mean an ornery, but even so, I find myself getting attached to them all. hehehe I don't know I guess when you see the same names they all start to grow on you (some like a big ugly wart! haha). Anyway, I haven't met many I wouldn't want to sit and have a beer with. That being said, I also notice when someone disappears. I came all the way back here and further looking for "Justice For All" because he/she hasn't been around since the DUI talks arnd Christmas time. I also went to look for my Kentucky friend (can't remember his user name or the forum-dang it). I got the impression J4A was an older person and I just hope he/she is well. Just seems like he went from posting daily to not at all, abruptly. So I thought I'd ask you if you've seen him around??? I promise I'm not stalking--I guess that's been a problem here before, I just thought of them a few days ago and wondered what happened to them.
Brenda January 31, 2014 at 10:23 PM
J4A? Hmm, for some reason that person doesnt ring a bell with me. I was trying to find a way to look up subscribers to look at her/his posts to refresh my memory but I dont think there is a way. I wish there was a way for us on "The Patch" to exchange messages in private to stay in contact because this type of thing does happen and we do get worried. I always miss Tvor, Timber when they are not around for a while and I dont know if they are young, old, healthy, disabled, male, female, and as you say, it doesn't matter. Even if we disagree, ***cough***like Timber and I often do, I still care about him and his opinions. I have coffee dates I need to have with a few of the "Patchers" out here and need to get my butt in gear and get er done!! Was going to try to get them all in before Xmas because we were buying a ranch up above Lodi, and dangit, it literally fell through on the last day of escrow. RAWR. There are many others on here also that have wormed themselves in because they get me, my concerns, where I am coming from, which is always a good place. Well unless you are a drunk driver, killer, and that list unfortunately might be longer then I would want. Southern if you know a way to search their comments, or even If I could find one of his/her comments I could read and remember. In the meantime we need to get "Patch" to put in a private part for us to leave messages. There have been many a times I wanted to give the name, agency of a place I have donated, or knows needs donations and didnt want to share in person, in case someone wanted to track me down. There have been times I have wanted to contribute to someone here and not been able to contact them directly. Also a good way to get a group together for City meetings, or any other group ideas for our City, without causing a hellfire on the comments sections, LOL
southernbelle February 01, 2014 at 01:20 AM
I agree but they prob don't want to be liable for any craziness--bullies and haters sending personal mean emails, and I'm sure it would happen. Well "Justice For All" (J4A) was always in the legal type forums. You don't ever really know, but common sense about the way one writes and communicates, along with a bit of discernment, usually gives some idea--so I think Justice was a male, older. He always had those lines in-between his thoughts or quotes. We were talking in the DUI forums (I thought this one) and the forum about that Murrieta eye doc--but now I can't find that story. Okay-well,I thought you knew him since you both seem to be pretty regular. I just hope all is well. I know you disappeared a week or so ago for about 5 days so I was getting concerned for you also. Glad you popped bad in. Sorry the ranch fell through--I'd do anything to get outta here and back south or some small town where life is slower and simpler. *sigh* have a good night!


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