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Scores of OC Arrests in Anti-DUI Effort

Five are nabbed in a court sting -- and more than 150 over the weekend. It's part of a 38-agency campaign to fight impaired driving.

Five people were arrested this week in a court sting, part of Orange County's anti-DUI holiday campaign. And 158 DUI arrests were made Dec. 14-16 as part of the same "Avoid the 38" DUI Task Force effort.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the targets in the sting operation at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach were defendants who were in court because of suspended licenses from previous DUI offenses. Plainclothes officers followed them out to the parking lot after their court hearings. Defendants who got behind the wheel and drove off were stopped by uniformed task force members and arrested and their vehicles impounded for 30 days.

All five defendants were cited and released at the scene.

The 158 arrests last weekend were made by officers from the 38 agencies participating in the campaign to curb impaired driving during the holiday season. The figure is provisional, the department said; some agencies have yet to report their numbers.

Throughout the campaign, the Sheriff’s Department and Laguna Beach, Irvine, Tustin and La Palma police departments will conduct DUI saturation patrols. Other agencies have announced these schedules:

  • Los Alamitos, Orange and UC Irvine police: Dec. 21, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Placentia, Buena Park and La Habra: Dec. 22, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Anaheim and the Cal State Fullerton police: Dec. 22, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Fullerton police: Dec. 24, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Placentia police: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.

Scheduled DUI/driver's license checkpoints:

  • Westminster: Dec. 20, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Anaheim: Dec. 29, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Buena Park, Placentia: Dec. 29, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Department and Buena Park police will conduct DUI warrant service operations during the campaign but will not announce the dates.

Grant funding for the Orange County effort comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

JustUs December 27, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Lil Marty - How did the chase end? Did the throw down the spikes on ya? Or did you bolt? Once I saw a slow speed chase of the cops chasing some clown on a mountain bike. He was giving the helicopter the one finger salute as he rode down the boulevard. I think a police dog finally caught him and bit him on the leg. That was the end of that.
Lil-Marty December 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I got awAy from the fuzz. I have a "souped up Rascal" thanks to my brother Artie! Lil Marty Leisure World
Lil-Marty December 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM
"one human life saved is worth a DUi checkpoint". That has got to be the dumbest thing I ever heard. One? I totally disagree! Lil Marty
arturo short December 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM
marty ...justus musta mistaken the balloon for his justin beiber-blow up doll... that guy is strange!!......& your welcome for the souped up engine...my large frnd matt & i worked hard on your firework -propelled -escape engine!!!!
Lil-Marty December 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Strange isn't the word Artie, these clowns ACTUALLy believe that DUI's are a BIG deal. It's actually funny! Lil Marty Leisure World

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