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DUI Checkpoint Nets 16 Arrests

Rohnert Park police conducted a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Dec 21. Here are the results.

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety press release

On Friday night, Dec. 21, 2012, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 2 a.m., Saturday morning, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Traffic Team conducted a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint in the City of Rohnert Park.

The checkpoint was set up to screen EB drivers on Rohnert Park Expressway near State Farm Drive.

The purpose of this checkpoint operation was to inform the motoring public of the dangers associated with impaired driving and to take enforcement action against impaired drivers and those driving with a suspended license or no license at all.

A total of 1627 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Of the vehicles through the checkpoint, 1469 were screened by officers for signs of DUI and license checks. A total of 52 drivers were directed into a nearby parking area for further contact with officers for either DUI evaluation or driver’s license checks.

Of the drivers directed off the line for further evaluation, officers arrested and cited 16 drivers. Of those arrested, 1 driver was arrested for DUI, 1 was for driving with a suspended license, 14 were for driving without a license, A total of 1 vehicle was towed.

List of arrests:

At 7:20pm, Pedro Perez, from Forestville, entered the check point. He was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed he was unlicensed. He was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. His vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 7:30pm, Thomas Dunn, of Windsor, entered the check point. He was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed he was unlicensed. He was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. His vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 7:41pm, Alejandro Zarco-Magallon, of Sonoma, entered the check point. He was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed he was unlicensed. He was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. His vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 7:54pm, Edmond Murphy Gallagher, of Petaluma, entered the check point. He was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed he had an expired license. He was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. His vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 8:00pm, Jaqueline Cabrilla, of Santa Rosa, entered the check point. She was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed she was unlicensed. She was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. Her vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 8:10pm, Tuan Vo, of Rohnert Park entered the checkpoint. The officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol and directed him to a secondary screening area. After completion of field sobriety tests, it was determined Tuan Vo’s blood alcohol was .13%. He was arrested for DUI and the car he was driving was towed. Vo was issued a promise to appear for DUI.

At 8:25pm, Sheena Price, of Rohnert Park, entered the check point. She was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed her license was suspended. She was arrested for driving on a suspended license and issued a promise to appear. Her vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 9:30pm, Paco Mendez, of Sonoma, entered the check point. He was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed he was unlicensed. He was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. His vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 9:30pm, Jose Ramirez-Perez, of Rohnert Park, began entering the checkpoint. He stopped abruptly and made an illegal right turn across two lanes of traffic. Motor officers saw the violation and stopped the car. A records check revealed Ramirez-Perez was unlicensed. He was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. His car was left on scene in a carport.

At 10:00pm, Gerome Hallmark, of Rohnert Park, entered the check point. He was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed he was unlicensed. He was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. His vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 10:30pm, Gustavo Diosdado, of Sonoma, entered the check point. He was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed he was unlicensed. He was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. His vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 12:00am, Christina Alvarez, of Santa Rosa, entered the check point. She was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed she was unlicensed. She was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. Her vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 12:15am, Carlos Gomez, from Santa Rosa, entered the check point. He was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed he was unlicensed. He was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. His vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

At 1:23am, Rocio Mendoza, from Rohnert Park, entered the check point. She was unable to produce a valid driver’s license and was directed to a secondary screening area. A records check revealed she was unlicensed. She was arrested for driving unlicensed and issued a promise to appear. Her vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

In addition to the aforementioned arrests, five other drivers were issued citations for other vehicle code infractions such as, driving on a permit with no licensed driver, possession of marijuana in a vehicle, driving without headlights, provisional licensee driving outside of terms.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver.

G Man December 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Sounds like it's time to pass some laws against driving drunk or without a license. Oh, wait ... we already have those. Guess we need to ban cars.

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