LANCASTER – A DUI checkpoint in Lancaster this past Friday (Aug. 1) netted more than two dozen arrests for various offenses, including grand theft auto and outstanding warrants; however, no arrests were made for driving under the influence, authorities said.
The checkpoint was conducted between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Avenue K at Elm Avenue.
The results are as follows:
* 1414 traveled vehicles through the checkpoint.
* 1332 were drivers checked at the checkpoint.
* 10 drivers were given field sobriety tests.
* 17 unlicensed drivers were arrested and sent to court.
* Nine suspended license drivers were arrested and sent to court.
* One vehicle owner was arrested for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive and sent to court.
* One grand theft auto suspect was arrested and sent to court.
* One $40,000 misdemeanor warrant suspect was arrested and sent to court.
* One $26,000 misdemeanor warrant suspect was arrested and sent to court.
* One $278 misdemeanor warrant suspect was arrested and sent to court.
* Six vehicles were stored for one day.
* Nine vehicles were impounded for 30 days.
* 11 vehicles were released per checkpoint release procedures.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.