3 DUI Defendants Arrested in Courthouse Sting as End-of-Summer Enforcement Continues

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See Update No. 5 at the bottom of Page 2 on a courthouse sting involving people with licenses suspended due to DUI. Update No. 4 revised DUI arrest results during the end-of-summer crackdown. Update No. 3 is on a DUI task force sweep. Update No. 2 has opening weekend DUI arrest totals. Update No. 1 was on a late-added checkpoint.

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Courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department
Deputies warn you'll be seeing this sign a lot in Orange County through summer's end.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 15: Summer ending anti-DUI enforcement kicks off tonight with three--count 'em--three DUI checkpoints, in the cities of Irvine, Tustin and Garden Grove.

Few Places in Orange County DON'T Have Weekend Anti-DUI Patrols and Checkpoints

Irvine is up first from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday in the area of Bake Parkway and Rockfield Boulevard.

Neighboring Tustin's is from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday, while Garden Grove has checkpoints tonight and Saturday night, each from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. the following morning. Neither city's police department revealed the locations of their sobriety stops.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department, on behalf of the Avoid the 38 Task Force that is named after the number of OC law enforcement agencies that participate, announced Thursday that through Sept. 1 there will be at least:

* 5 DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints;
* 2 Multi-Agency DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints;
* 9 DUI Saturation Patrols;
* 3 Multi-Agency DUI Saturation Patrols;
* 2 DUI Warrant/Probation Sweeps;
* 1 DUI Court Sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by the judge not to drive.

Here are some of those future DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints:

* City of Stanton (OCSD): Fri, Aug. 22, 6 p.m.- a.m.
* Cities of Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach (Multi-Agency): Fri, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
* Cities of Irvine and Tustin (Multi-Agency): Fri, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
* Brea, Buena Park and Westminster will also have checkpoints some time during the summer enforcement period.

DUI Saturation Patrols:

* Cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach (Multi-Agency): Fri, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
* Cal State Fullerton Police: Sat, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
* Cities of Garden Grove, Seal Beach and Westminster (Multi-Agency): Sat, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
* City of Orange: Fri, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
* Irvine and Tustin (Multi-Agency); Anaheim; Fountain Valley; Los Alamitos; Placentia; Seal Beach; Tustin; and UC Irvine Police will also have saturation patrols some time during the summer enforcement period.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department and Westminster Police Department will have DUI warrant/probation sweeps, while deputies will also run a DUI court sting operation.

Funding for all of these operations comes from grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

UPDATE NO. 1, AUG. 16, 11:01 A.M.: The Huntington Beach Police Department announced on its Facebook page a checkpoint some time tonight, Saturday night, in an undisclosed location.

UPDATE NO. 2, AUG. 16, 8:17 A.M.: At least 169 people were arrested for alleged drunken driving during Avoid the 38's end-of-summer operations from 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Sunday throughout Orange County. There were no DUI-related deaths reported during those days.

The sheriff's department notes those numbers are provisional as some agencies have yet to report.

In 2013, there were 149 DUI arrests over the same three-day time frame.

UPDATE NO. 3, AUG. 21, 6 A.M.: The original post mentioned that among the anti-DUI task force's countywide, end-of-summer operations was a sweep "in search of high risk DUI offenders." That happened Monday, when Orange County sheriff's deputies dispersed into neighborhoods with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of either having failed to show up for a court date or probation violations from an outstanding DUI case, the sheriff's department announced Wednesday. Most now face jail time or additional jail time.

"The best bet for anyone with a missed DUI court date is to go to court on their own," says Deputy Shane Stewart of the sheriff's Traffic Bureau in an Avoid the 38 statement. "If you don't, that warrant isn't going away. We're going to come find you and take you to jail."

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gnarly
gnarly

IF you don't follow instructions.... it may result in shoot first, ask questions later!

Emily Kelly
Emily Kelly

Thomas Gregory The Orange County Sheriff's Department and Westminster Police Department will have DUI warrant/probation sweeps, while deputies will also run a DUI court sting operation.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

So, Mr. Coker, how many of these arrests result in a conviction? 

Donna Gaugenmaier
Donna Gaugenmaier

yeah i love checkpoints, because I pay thousands of dollars a year on hotel rooms.

Eric Malcolm Dickson
Eric Malcolm Dickson

Don't drink and drive period.the life you save maybe your own,your families,me,my family and friends. you have to much to loose.

Ceasar Richard Nunez
Ceasar Richard Nunez

Thanks oc weekly. I'll know what areas not to drive drunk tonight. \U0001f44a

Juan Cerda-Ofogh
Juan Cerda-Ofogh

Being Hispanic, I always have fun at these by putting on a Tam O ' Shanter that I have in my car and speak with a Scottish accent....

Heather McCoy
Heather McCoy

DUI check points are just one more way the police department is becoming like an occupying army. Isn't there a more productive use of money for the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be taking on? How about fixing the 5 south to the 55 south on ramp so it isn't as clogged/dangerous!

Robert Sandwichè
Robert Sandwichè

Without reasonable suspicion of committing a crime, you have a constitutional right to travel without being molested. Dont answer their questions, you dont have to. Dont consent to any searches, even if they try to intimidate you. Video record all of it.

ethernot
ethernot

One can also decline to submit to field sobriety tests and examinations also.

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