One DUI arrest, several violations at Lancaster checkpoint

DUI Checkpoint resultsLANCASTER – Deputies from Lancaster Sheriff’s Station arrested one person for driving under the influence of alcohol during a checkpoint Friday night.

The checkpoint location was eastbound Avenue J at Hanstead Avenue, and was conducted between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday.

The results of the checkpoint are as follows:

* 1176 vehicles driven through the checkpoint.

* 1120 drivers screened while in their vehicles.

* 56 drivers waived through because of traffic congestion.

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

* 23 citations issued for miscellaneous traffic violations in and around the checkpoint.

* Seven drivers required to perform field sobriety tests.

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

* One arrest for a felony warrant.

* One arrest for being drunk in public.

* Three arrests for allowing unlicensed driver to drive.

* One arrest for failure to drive with ignition interlock device.

10 vehicles stored or impounded.

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

  7 comments for “One DUI arrest, several violations at Lancaster checkpoint

  1. Robert
    March 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    All while a 17 year old is shot at a party at 1:00 am and no response because the Sheriff dept. was too busy wasting time on checkpoints that are not for looking for drunk drivers they are for harassment of citizens of Lancaster. I am tired of them not responding to real problems this town has. I am sure like I have been told they were too busy to go to the noise call for the party because most of them were on J wasting time.

    • So Cal Guy
      March 31, 2013 at 5:59 am

      Robert – maybe you didn’t read the shooting article, maybe you just didn’t comprehend it. They responded very quickly to the shooting. There were still kids trying to run from the party when they got there, thats how fast they showed up. Do you think there is some magic screen at the sheriffs that automatically sends the alarm when there is an emergency? They can’t respond to something until someone calls it in. Do you know where the shooting was relative to the dui checkpoint? A little over a mile away. I’d say they got there faster than usual because they were so close to where it happened.
      Let’s blame others instead of making the idiot homeowners responsible. Or the parents that let all their innocent kids go to these parties.

    • The Truth
      March 31, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Another little known fact, my brother just got out of jail for his 5th DUI (second felony DUI) he was incarcerated December 17th 2012 and released March 15th 2013 (less than 4 month’s served) I guess the courts did not want him the give up drinking, so they released him early to make sure he was still an acholic. They must need the tax money that he spends, when he buys alcohol. Maybe the laws are more lenient for DUI’s, since a lot of Sheriff’s are alcoholic’s or on steriods

      • sammy P
        March 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

        well Truth, believe it or not, DUIs are not the biggest priority we have, robbers, rapists, and killers are a little higher on the list and LA county jail is so overcrowded that a person sentenced to 30 days actually does about 6 days. A person sentenced to a year actually does between 2 and 3 months.
        Also- instead of blaming your brother or the system, what about blaming alcohol itself? Sometimes life is a giant ball of misery and hell, and when you give people a substance like alcohol that makes life more bearable then people are going to use it and abuse it, and we as a society have decided that we cant live without it, so we put up with all the deaths and problems alcohol causes.
        Your brother is just one of many people who went to jail due to something that would have never happened if not for alcohol. Heck, our prisons are full of people who wouldn’t be there if not for alcohol. Perhaps the state should sue the alcohol companies for the cost of dealing with the problems it causes.
        Think about it- every time someone gets drunk and violent, 99% of the time the state has to pay for their trial and incarceration.

        Imagine waking up in jail and having cops say you drove drunk and killed 2 people last night, or got drunk and shot someone to death last night… is it your fault for taking that first drink?

        How many of us actually think about that before we take that first drink?

        “hmm… maybe I shouldn’t drink this stuff.. I might lose control and get violent or crazy.. and I might think I can drive a car when I clearly cant”

        I feel sorry for people in prison right now, who wouldn’t be there, if not for alcohol.

        • Golden hour
          April 2, 2013 at 3:20 am

          How many folks are in prison for smoking in public? yet smokers are seen as the devil these days

    • Joe
      April 2, 2013 at 12:58 am

      lol i though these checkpoints were for DUI s. Not for traffic violations.

      • Golden hour
        April 2, 2013 at 3:22 am

        They are for all sorts of infractions of driving. Car seats for infants and children or lack there of, no license, drunk, drugs, etc…if they only wanted DUI’s they would sit in front of bars, which they do sometimes. I for one am glad they have them so that they get these people off the street or at least take a vehicle away from them. Yes, they can always get another one but for that night they can’t.

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