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One driver is arrested at Thursday DUI checkpoint

Posted: June 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.

One driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and 13 others were cited for various traffic violations during a checkpoint run by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in Saugus Thursday night.

The eight-hour checkpoint was staged at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Golden Oak Road, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Station. During that time, 1,075 vehicles were screened.

While only one driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, three were given field sobriety tests. An additional 13 drivers were cited and sent to court for various violations of the state Vehicle Code, according to the news release.

Another 10 people who were unlicensed or driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked were also sent to court. Three vehicles were towed during the checkpoint, one of them with a 30-day impound hold.

Law enforcement agencies such as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol regularly hold such checkpoints to deter people from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Funding for Thursday night’s checkpoint came from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



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