1 busted for DUI at Lancaster checkpoint

DUI checkpointLANCASTER – Deputies from Lancaster Sheriff’s Station arrested one person for driving under the influence of alcohol during a DUI checkpoint Friday night (June 28).

The checkpoint location was westbound Avenue I at 3rd Street East, and was conducted between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday.

The results of the checkpoint are as follows:

* 595 vehicles driven through the checkpoint.

* 544 drivers screened while in their vehicles.

* 51 drivers waived through because of traffic congestion.

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

* Five 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)

* Two arrests for misdemeanor warrants.

* Nine 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.

  14 comments for “1 busted for DUI at Lancaster checkpoint

  1. antiquefirelt
    July 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    For those of you who think this is a waste of time or some sort of violation of your rights, let me rebut. Friday evening I was nearly hit head-on by a drunk driver, who did hit the car in front of me, thankfully in what appeared to be a “glancing blow”. The drunk driver then proceeded to leave the scene without a shred of regard for the car he hit and the potential damage and injury he’d caused. Thankfully he was followed and reported so that the Lancaster City PD could catch up with him, though not after nearly hitting at least three other cars in the opposite lane while attempting his escape. Had this guy passed through a checkpoint and been arrested everyone would have had a much safer evening.

  2. eo2
    July 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

    How effective would it be to but the same manpower to work as a DUI task force on patrol? Cover more area and not compromise the Forth.

    • eo2
      July 1, 2013 at 11:06 am


  3. Willis Newton
    June 30, 2013 at 8:00 am

    595 violations of the 4th amendment to the US Constitution

    • Jon Doe
      June 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

      You consider it a violation of the 4th amendment until you or someone you know gets killed by a low life drunk. Look at the last two wrong way drivers on the 14 freeway. NEWS FLASH—both drunk drivers, both accidents resulted in deaths.

      • Stinger
        June 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

        A ‘low life drunk,’ Jon Doe? Would that blanket description also include Drew Mercy?

    • AVer
      June 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Every time there is a DUI checkpoint, one of these crackpots comes along and tries to claim it’s a 4th Amendment violation. News flash: It isn’t, for many reasons. #1, you voluntarily consent to being screened by going through that checkpoint, instead of legally going around it.

      • sammy P
        June 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        um… from my understanding, you can’t go around – you can’t turn around and go the other way either or they will stop you for evading the checkpoint.

        But I have no problem with these checkpoints, we have seen too many DUI deaths lately on this site – driving is a privilege not a right.

        • AVer
          July 1, 2013 at 7:26 am

          Yes, you can go around. Hint: This is why the checkpoints are near an intersection, and signage for the checkpoint begins before the intersection, so people DO have a legal way to avoid it. Once you are in the cone pattern, of course you can’t leave, otherwise they will chase you. Miss that intersection, and decide to do an illegal u-turn? Yes, they’ll chase you.

    • scooby
      June 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Violation of your 4th amendment rights? ROFL! It is already laughable they have to post they are even having one in the first place BEFORE they do it because DUI driver’s felt like they were being trapped. What a laugh.

    • AVGirl
      June 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      It has been tried in court many times, SCOTUS has deemed them legal. You do realize that driving is not a right but a privilege?

      Besides they are announced ahead of time, if you don’t want to submit, just don’t go down that stretch of road.

    • Becca
      July 1, 2013 at 1:37 am

      Do you realize that when you CHOSE to get your license, you signed paperwork that states that you will voluntarily submit to a breath, urine and/or blood test upon request by a police officer or sheriff? If you choose to refuse to provide a sample, your license is automatically suspended for one year whether or not you are under the influence. Driving is a privilege and not a right. For the privilege of driving, you agree to follow certain rules. If you do not like those rules, you can simply choose not drive.

      • eo2
        July 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

        Yes, that is how it is supposed to work after being stopped for probable cause.

  4. Greeneyes
    June 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Good for you guys. Keep up the good work. We appreciate you! and God Bless you all and keep you safe. :)

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