Bakersfield DUI Checkpoint Yields Multiple Arrests

Bakersfield Now reports that on Monday, the Bakersfield Police Department announced the results of a DUI checkpoint on Friday, October 27, at Union Avenue.

A spokesperson for the BPD said that the checkpoint was held in the 200 block of Union Avenue between 6:00 p.m. and midnight, and 1,043 vehicles were screened.

Two of the drivers had prior DUI convictions; one driver had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest, and a passenger in one of the vehicles screened was arrested on weapons charges and resisting arrest.

Officers at the checkpoint also cited 14 drivers for driving without a license, and eight more drivers were cited for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

The Bakersfield Police Department seized 24 vehicles at Friday night’s checkpoint; however, five were released to licensed drivers.

The Bakersfield Police Department reminds the public that motorists could face a DUI charge not only after getting behind the wheel after drinking. Those driving while impaired by marijuana, some prescription medications, and even over-the-counter drugs can be cited for DUI.

Funding for Friday’s checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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