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Two Arrests Made During DUI Checkpoint in Temecula

Officers screened more than 750 drivers for signs of impairment Saturday night.

Temecula police arrested one driver for suspicion of DUI at a checkpoint Saturday night at Ynez Road and Tower Plaza North Road, according to Sgt. John Magnan.

The checkpoint operated from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m., with officers screening 752 of the 900 vehicles that drove through, according to Magnan. Officers directed 37 vehicles to a secondary-inspection area, where 10 field sobriety tests were given.

One person was arrested for public intoxication and 15 people were cited for driving without a license or on a suspended license. Fourteen vehicles were towed during the operation.

The checkpoint was funded through the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Traffic Safety Administration.

Darla Gordon March 17, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Another huge waste of money!
LBV Collins March 17, 2013 at 05:36 PM
"Temecula police arrested one driver for suspicion of DUI at a checkpoint Saturday night..." Once again, this strikes me as a highly inefficient use of public funds. Several officers paid overtime for six hours to screen over 750 drivers... all so they could catch one alleged drunk driver. <sigh> Don't get me wrong: I'm glad the drunk driver was stopped. However, I can't help but wonder how many more DUI suspects would have been nabbed if these same officers were paid overtime to hang outside bars, keeping an eye out for intoxicated patrons driving way in their vehicles.
TVOR March 17, 2013 at 06:15 PM
If they had used roving motor patrols I bet they would have had 10 arrests.
wolfcreek March 17, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Great job. 1 DUI arrest and 899 other vehicles and owners stopped for illegal searches.
Robert F Slack March 17, 2013 at 08:09 PM
What a waste of time and money, all of Temecula knew that there was a checkpoint, hence the only one driver out of 900 cars was arrested. I know how everyone will say one drunk driver could kill many, but what about putting all these officers out in the street at different locations so ALL of us can be protected, just a shame.
Toby McDonald March 17, 2013 at 08:47 PM
For those people who want more police on the street hanging outside of bars maybe look at yourself in the mirror and you will be safe on the road.. stop texting while driving don't be on your cell phone while driving pay attention to the road and maybe don't drive by bars at 2am and you will be fine.. a little common sense while driving will be good enough for you you do not need the police to hold your hand to be safe on the road
CB March 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM
The driver suspected of drunk driving wasn't drunk. He did the tests and passed and said no to a voluntary breathalizer so was detained for bloodwork. It was a complete waste of funds.
john blackwood March 18, 2013 at 03:30 AM
I think ypu missed the point Tony . Yhey are not complaining about relying on the thug leo gang to keep them safe they are pissed as well as I about the wast of time it was and the wasted overtime . If they the thug patrol really want to do damage . Set up those check points in old town ,Pechanga parkway ,and the wine country . Its no difgerent then when they the fedral thug patrol dhs sets that road block up by Great oak high .They know where the illegals are in old town.But they refuse to remove them .Just trying to set us up for mind conditioning .
Patrick March 18, 2013 at 04:23 AM
Wait.. Look at myself in the mirror while driving? WTH are you babbling about?
JJ Mclure March 18, 2013 at 01:07 PM
the gov't spends a lot more to kill 1 terrorist.....2 drunks off the road is good.
David Shisler March 18, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Law Enforcement advertised in the news media, DUI check points, maximum enforcement patrols, this is part of the enforcement, it's a deterrent, it's not all about the numbers. It was done through out California. Many on St Paddy's Day did arrange for a safe rides home after the day of celebration (drinking).
Gandhi March 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Total waste of good money if you ask me, not to mention a blatant disregard for our constitutional rights. They have NO legal right to stop all these people. Next time it happens to you, either get OUT of the lineup, or keep your window rolled up and refuse to speak to them. You have a right to have a lawyer present before uttering a single word to a cop, especially when they are stopping you with NO probable cause!!! Stop being sheeple, demand your rights, otherwise, I guarantee they will be taken away from you! They're just lucky they didnt stop me.
Gandhi March 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM
The only "terrorists" I see out there ARE the cops.
JJ Mclure March 19, 2013 at 02:42 PM
it only takes one drunk to kill someone....you waive your rights when you get a drivers license....read the fine print
Becky Honkington March 19, 2013 at 03:20 PM
@JJ - No. I waived no rights when I obtained a Drivers License. Also, the trite statement "it only takes one......" is a retarded argument. It also takes one ticket to win the lottery. That doesn't mean I should expect to be a millionaire.
Carl Petersen III March 19, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Linda 7:14 pm on Monday, March 18, 2013 "Next time it happens to you, either get OUT of the lineup, or keep your window rolled up and refuse to speak to them. You have a right to have a lawyer present before uttering a single word to a cop, especially when they are stopping you with NO probable cause!!!" . . Please write a blog about the results when you follow your own advice.
sam March 19, 2013 at 07:31 PM
FIGHT FOR NO AMNESTY! City residents and others, you know what you have to do. Emails and phone calls to the council members. No Amnesty. Butt out of Federal immigration law and encourage illegal aliens to get right with the law if they have broken it. Our laws require illegals to exit the country and apply to enter legally if they desire. No one is above the law, although many “Latinos” think that U.S laws don’t apply to them because they claim is Mexico. Wrong answer. Here’s Prof. Armando Navarro speaking at UCR yesterday talking about overthrowing the U.S. These Mexicas are getting bolder as their numbers increase in CA and elsewhere. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKAVbSMT8vY&feature=em-share_video_user http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2013/mar/16/immigration-reform-on-the-table-at-a-better-san-di/ Border & Immigration Security Analyst San Diegans for Secure Borders

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