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Drive Tries to Avoid DUI Checkpoint in Encinitas, Drives Onto Bike Path, Ditches Car

The checkpoint was held in the 1800 block of S. Coast Highway 101.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Deputies from the Encinitas Sheriff's Station conducted a DUI/Driver License checkpoint as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign Friday night into Saturday.

The checkpoint was held in the 1800 block of South Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas from 7:40 p.m. to 12:55 a.m., Saturday. 

The purpose of the checkpoint was to remove impaired and/or unlicensed drivers from the roadway, educate the public, deter drunk driving and increase the safety of all drivers on the roadway.

Funding for this operation was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

A total of 633 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Of those vehicles, 25 drivers were further evaluated. Field sobriety tests were conducted on six drivers.

One person was arrested for possession of concentrated Hashish.

Three people were cited for driving on suspended driver licenses.

Two people were cited for driving while unlicensed.

One driver was cited for making a U-turn across a divided highway in an attempt to avoid the checkpoint.

One driver, in an attempt to avoid the checkpoint, drove off the roadway, onto a pedestrian walking/bicycle path, then abandoned their vehicle at a locked chain link fence gate. This driver was not located.

One driver was cited for not having a driver license on their person and another three for no proof of insurance.

Three vehicles were impounded during the operation. 

—San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Surfing Siren April 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM
So, it sounds like a big "Fail!" What a waste of resources and huge inconvenience to the public. If you want to bust drunk drivers, park yourselves outside of bars and watch who drives away. Geez, it isn't brain surgery.

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