DUI Saturation Patrol nets one drunk driving arrest

LANCASTER – On Friday (Jan. 25), deputies from Lancaster Sheriff’s Station were scheduled to conduct a Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint in the city of Lancaster.

Due to the rain, the DUI Checkpoint was changed to a DUI Saturation Patrol. The results of the Saturation Patrol are as follows:

* 83 vehicles stopped

* 10 citations/arrests for suspended, revoked, or no driver’s license

* 10 vehicles stored or impounded

* 48 citations issued for miscellaneous traffic violations

* Five drivers required to perform field sobriety tests

* One arrest for DUI and associated B.A. (Alcohol)

* No arrests for DUI (Drugs)

* Five arrests for Misdemeanor Warrants

Funding for the operation was provided to Lancaster Station by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  15 comments for “DUI Saturation Patrol nets one drunk driving arrest

  1. SJGranai
    January 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Can we get a racial breakdown as well as gender? Gotta make sure tickets are being disributed equally. And if we could get sexual orientation data that would be great!

  2. Lancaster Resident
    January 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I find it scary that 1 out of every 8 drivers stopped did not have a license.

  3. jabonie
    January 28, 2013 at 5:42 am

    again, another waste of my taxpaying money.the kestapo checking your papers. what about all the jamokes not coming to complete stops at stop signs and exceeding speed limits, and talking on cell phones? they(you) are all breaking the law. so what makes these unconstitutional detainments so much better?

    • Thomas
      January 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Proof that you have no idea what you are talking about. A saturation patrol requires probable cause to stop the vehicles. That means a lot of the “jamokes” were stopped for the violations you have listed. That also makes all the stops constitutional. Get the details prior to commenting.

      • cocheesie
        January 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        right… except the cops didnt want to stand outside in the rain… so they changed the plan

  4. Not bad!
    January 27, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    This seems like a pretty efficient operation. I tend to agree that this type of “saturation” operation may be a better way to go about things since it didn’t stop traffic, and the element of surprise is still in play: something that is completely lost when there is a DUI checkpoint. Good job LASD! By the way, whenever I see that there is going to be a DUI checkpoint, I figure the best place for me to be is home! No worries, then!

    • The Anti-REX
      January 28, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Yep agreed, a much better way! and my forth amendment rights are not being violated.

      • Forewarned
        January 28, 2013 at 7:27 am

        Sorry to disappoint your paranoid self, there is no violation of your forth amendment rights. As long as they publicly announce that there will be a checkpoint there isn’t any violation.

        • EO2
          January 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm

          An announcement does not make it right.

          • sikntired
            January 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm

            would you rather an invitation?

  5. Forewarned
    January 27, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Wow! Sixty-four citations and/or arrests out of 83 stops. According to my public school education (and that ain’t sayin’ much) more than a 50% success rate. Great job Sheriffs! ^^high-five^^

    • William
      January 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

      “According to my public school education (and that ain’t sayin’ much)…”

      Thanks for stating the obvious. Who coulda guessed?

      • Forewarned
        January 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

        You’re so funny you make people laugh at you.

  6. T-Bone
    January 27, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Sounds like close to the same results as always and only 83 drivers bothered not 1083. Maybe this should be the future way the check points are conducted. Not to mention there may have been other crimes prevented because of the Sheriffs Patrolling and not sitting in one spot! Nice work LASD!

    • EO2
      January 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Reduce that 83 by the number of legitimate stops and it becomes an almost tolerable number of citizens needlessly stopped. Definately a step in the right direction.

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