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Deputies Set up Sting for Suspected DUI Drivers at Courthouse

After a judge tells them they can't get behind a wheel, deputies watch three of them drive off ... but not too far.

Patch photo credit: Renee Sciavone
Patch photo credit: Renee Sciavone

Originally posted at 4:04 p.m. March 25, 2014.

After appearing before a Newport Beach judge Monday who told them not to drive, three people already suspected of DUIs got into a car and allegedly drove away – and were immediately arrested.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department set up the sting at the Harbor Justice Center, officials said.

Deputies staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive and/or who had been previously notified their license was suspended for DUI, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.

“Offenders were followed by deputies from courtrooms to their vehicles to ensure that they were not driving,” says the release. “While some offenders complied with the law and had alternate means of transportation, three individuals in court proceeded to get behind the wheel and drive away from the court house.”

Deputies waiting in the area, made the stops, arrested the three people and released them at the scene, officials said.

According to the department, those arrested could face additional jail time and long driver license suspensions.

The press release also pointed out other downfalls of being caught in the DUI sting:

  • Attorney fees
  • Court costs
  • Lost time at work
  • Potential loss of a job or job prospects
  • “Tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation”

The department noted that this DUI operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


george gregory March 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM
giving the defendant a hour to get home and properly store their car meets with my approval ?
debbieochoa8a March 26, 2014 at 11:50 AM
I used to work at South Court and the Deputies called it fishing. I once saw a deputy reach in the drivers window to grab the keys and the defendant drove off through the parking lot with the deputy caught up dangling out of the side of the car.not a pretty sight.
Patti Bout March 26, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Dale - isn't up to the ower of the truck (which I read as your friend) to take care of the tickets? I don't think it's the company's responsibity, but I could be wrong.
ace March 26, 2014 at 08:17 PM
have you seen the size of some of these deputies. they need to send some more time away from the courts and less time in the Food Courts.. YUM YUM YUM Govt gone WILD

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