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Four Arrested at DUI Checkpoint in Temecula

Police stopped vehicles Friday night checking for impaired drivers.

Three drivers were arrested for suspicion of DUI during a checkpoint Friday night in Temecula, according to police. A fourth person was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

The DUI/driver’s license checkpoint operated from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. at Winchester and Nicolas roads. Of the 3,504 vehicles that drove through the checkpoint, 2,960 were screened by Temecula police officers looking for signs of impairment and checking licenses.

Officers sent 44 vehicles to a secondary-inspection area, where 20 drivers were given field sobriety tests, according to police. Four unlicensed drivers were cited, and seven vehicles were towed.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Traffic Safety Administration.

Gandhi December 26, 2012 at 09:46 AM
He LOVES to argue! That much I can tell you, so make your point, and then ignore him, because he will always get the last word in, take it from one experienced with him. However, above, his statements regarding this article I actually happen to agree with, for once, which I'm sure will blow him mind! ;)
Gandhi December 26, 2012 at 09:49 AM
At Brenda above here, I did NOT see anywhere that "KB" insulted or name called, just finished re-reading their posting above yours. Lets try for accuracy otherwise we're all just wasting time here arent we?
Gandhi December 26, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Brenda - fyi - "Wine Country" is NOT a part of the city of Temecula, therefor, they actually do NOT receive any "revenue" from them as you are stating here. If they were smart they would try to annex that area in though!! Ever visit Old Town Temecula? Its chock full of CLUBS AND BARS, designed to bring people in to drink, then they have cops all over the area when you try to leave - I call that "entrapment"! What do you call it?
Timber December 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
@Gandhi 1:33 am on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 It looks like my post that you are referring to wasn't very clear. The first sentence is a quote from JAMES P. not myself. The rest of the post was my response to him. I do agree with most of your comments here. I would like to add that when you are pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving by roving patrol the officer will be conducting an investigation at that point to determine if he can develop probable cause to arrest. So initially the officer doesn't have enough evidence to arrest you on the spot and needs your voluntary cooperation to get you to provide that for him. That is where the physical acrobatics come into play, AKA field sobriety tests, these are voluntary and should be declined to protect yourself. Also the PAS, Preliminary Alcohol Screening device, is voluntary and should be refused as well. These 'tests' are solely used to develop probable cause to arrest otherwise there would be no need for their use. This is done in a manner that gets you to provide self-incriminating evidence to be used against you in court. Your best option is to inform the officer you will not be able to answer any questions or perform any test without the assistance of counsel.
Gandhi December 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM
My Bad! Yes, I apparently misinterpreted your post above, due to the first couple lines! I agree with you of course. I question the ability of them to actually enforce a "check point" and basically interrogate every single person in their vehicle when no crimes have been committed. When they actually see someone swerving or driving erratically, that gives them "probable cause" and the right to pull you over. Just driving along minding your own business and doing nothing wrong, does NOT give them the right to do so! We are in agreement, several of us on here. Most people speak out of "sensationalism" and the tend to "generalize" or "jump on the popular band wagon", I speak from both logic and experience here. Regarding your statement below after being pulled over - I was told to either take a "breath" test or I would HAVE to go to the police station - even though I had done NOTHING wrong or illegal. I ended up going to the station with them, by that time my blood alcohol level had risen to the requisite .08 (not sure if you all are aware of what that means, but when you drink and eat it can take quite awhile for the alcohol to actually get into your system, that is called a rising blood alcohol level) I had just left "Fridays", and had a margarita with some food. The cops were sitting there on Ynez waiting for anybody to come out, it was nearly 2am on a Saturday night - my mistake! However, I drove perfect, they lied about why they pulled me over and other things.

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