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.

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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