Five arrested for DUI; four motorists flee sobriety checkpoint
Five people were arrested for driving under the influence Friday, including two drivers who failed to stop for a sobriety checkpoint. Two motorcycle riders also entered the checkpoint before speeding away. They were arrested following a short pursuit. Neither rider was found to be under the influence, but neither had a valid license to operate a motorcycle. Another checkpoint is scheduled this weekend.
A total of 362 vehicles passed through the grant-funded DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint in the northbound lanes of Orange Street between Stuart and Pearl avenues between 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 3 a.m. Dec. 8. In addition to five DUI arrests and two arrests for evading police, officers cited two additional drivers for driving without a license and two for driving on a suspended license.
Shortly before 11 p.m. two motorcycle riders entered the checkpoint and then cut through the orange cones and sped off. Police pursued the motorcyclists who ran stop signs and swerved around vehicles into oncoming traffic lanes. Both motorcycles yielded at the intersection of High and Church streets. Arrested for evading police and riding without a valid motorcycle license were 22-year-old Justin Michael Duke, of Highland, and 21-year-old Christian Michael Guthrie, of Redlands.
At about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday a blue, 4-door Chevrolet ran the checkpoint. Officers pursued the car to the intersection of Eureka and Stuart, where the vehicle pulled over. The driver, 22-year-old Pablo Balderas, of Fontana, was arrested for driving under the influence.
About 30 minutes later, a blue Dodge van ran the checkpoint. Officers stopped the driver, at Colton Boulevard and Third Street. Miguel Isaac Alvarez, 36, of Redlands was arrested for driving under the influence.
One person was arrested for driving under the influence during a targeted DUI “saturation” patrol Saturday, Dec. 8.
Police on grant-funded overtime conducted targeted traffic enforcement Friday Dec. 8, and Monday, Dec. 10, in the areas of Lugonia Avenue, Alabama Street, Redlands Boulevard, Citrus Avenue, Pioneer Street, Texas Street, San Mateo Street, Live Oak Canyon Road and San Timoteo Canyon Road. Officers cited 58 drivers, including 31 for speeding, eight for using their cell phones while driving and others for miscellaneous violations such as running stop signs, driving without insurance and driving an unregistered vehicle.
A sobriety checkpoint is scheduled beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, through 3 a.m. Saturday in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard, between Sixth and Eighth streets.
DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
Officers will contact drivers passing through the checkpoint and look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.
Violators found driving under the influence will face jail time, loss of their driver’s licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
Funding for sobriety checkpoints and targeted patrols is through grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information on regional/statewide Avoid DUI Task Force campaigns, Enforcement Schedules and Daily DUI Arrest/Fatality statistics, visit the http://www.nhtsa.gov/StopImpairedDriving and www.californiaavoid.org websites.