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Two arrested at DUI checkpoints

Posted: July 14, 2012 10:19 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2012 10:19 p.m.

A pair of DUI arrests were made in the Santa Clarita Valley on Friday, after separate DUI checkpoints — one hosted by the California Highway Patrol, the other by the SCV Sheriff’s Station — screened more than 1,200 vehicles.

Local deputies screened approximately 1,000 vehicles during their checkpoint on Newhall Avenue, near Carl Court, in Newhall.

Of those vehicles screened, three drivers were given field sobriety tests; eight unlicensed drivers were cited and 14 more drivers were penalized for vehicle code violations.

The Sheriff’s Department checkpoint took place from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday morning, according to Sgt. Dan Peacock with the Sheriff’s Station. The CHP checkpoint took place from 7 p.m. Friday and ended at the same time as the Sheriff’s Department. Peacock said the timing was a coincidence.

Across town on The Old Road, near Constitution Avenue in Stevenson Ranch, a DUI checkpoint screened 293 vehicles, 32 field sobriety tests were administered and two DUI arrests were made, said Sgt. Rick Miler of the CHP’s Newhall Office.

“We check every third to every fifth vehicle, depending on traffic,” Miler said, adding that federal guidelines stipulate how officers must conduct the checks.

The location was selected based on a couple of factors, primarily how many DUI-related traffic collisions take place in a given area.

“We basically pull a matrix on it and pull trouble spots within our area,” Miler said. “We’ve used this location before. The primary concern is officer safety, meaning adequate lighting and the area has to be sufficient for roadside screening.”

The Sheriff’s Department uses a similar incident-based matrix, Peacock said.


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