The Press Democrat reports that three people were arrested at a DUI checkpoint conducted by the Santa Rosa Police Department on Friday, November 10.
Sgt. Joshua Medeiros, spokesperson for the law enforcement agency, said that initially, the SRPD had scheduled the checkpoint from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Saturday. Instead, officers held the checkpoint from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at the intersection of Fifth Street and Morgan Street in the downtown area.
Officers screened the drivers of 647 vehicles; of these, 19 drivers were evaluated on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
One of the drivers was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant. The second driver was in possession of drug paraphernalia and was carrying a loaded concealed firearm. The third driver was arrested for having an open container of alcohol in their vehicle.
An additional 18 drivers were cited for operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license, and three more drivers were cited for driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Officials say that DUI checkpoint locations are selected based on previous data of past DUI arrests and crashes.
Friday’s checkpoint was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).