LANCASTER – An overnight driver’s license/sobriety checkpoint in Lancaster netted 28 arrests, including one for driving under the influence of alcohol, sheriff’s officials said.
The checkpoint at Avenue I near Date Avenue began at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, and ended at 2 a.m. Saturday, May 2, according to Detective Michael Politano of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The results from the checkpoint are as follows:
* 976 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint.
* 976 drivers were checked at the checkpoint.
* One DUI – alcohol suspect arrested.
* 16 unlicensed drivers were arrested and sent to court.
* Eight suspended/revoked drivers were arrested and sent to court.
* Two suspects were arrested for warrants.
* Two vehicles were stored for one day.
* Eight vehicles were impounded for 30 days.
* 14 vehicles were released per checkpoint release procedures.
Lancaster checkpoint ends in police pursuit
According to Politano, there was a brief police pursuit at the end of the DUI/driver’s license checkpoint.
“Deputies were blocking eastbound traffic in order to remove traffic cones from the highway. A vehicle drove around the patrol vehicles and into oncoming traffic,” Politano stated.
“A short pursuit developed and the driver fled on foot. Deputies contained the area but the suspect was not located,” Politano added.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting additional DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols throughout the year as part of an ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon streets and highways.
Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.