Checkpoints in Oceanside, Encinitas and other cities net 13 arrests

Four DUI/driver’s license checkpoints throughout San Diego County resulted in the arrest of 13 motorists for drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs this holiday weekend, according to authorities.

San Diego police conducted a checkpoint in the 2600 block of Ingraham Street in the Mission Bay area from 11 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Saturday, according to Officer Mark McCullough.

Of the 941 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, 533 were screened by officers. Seventeen motorists were detained for a further evaluation of their sobriety and 11 arrests were made for alleged drunk driving in or near the checkpoint. Twelve vehicles were impounded, McCullough said.

In Oceanside, a checkpoint was set up by Oceanside police at Mission Avenue and Butler Street from 8:30 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday, according to Sgt. Rick Davis. No one was arrested for drunk driving.

A total of 782 vehicles went through the checkpoint with 277 drivers being screened by officers. One driver was arrested on an outstanding warrant, Davis said.

Two vehicles were towed and 10 citations were issued for driving on a suspended license or for being an unlicensed driver.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department, North Coastal Sheriff’s Station conducted a checkpoint in the 1800 block of Olivenhain Road in Encinitas from Friday at about 8:20 p.m. until about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, according to Deputy Brenda Sipley.

A total of 2,083 vehicles approached the checkpoint, 688 vehicles were directed through the primary screening area and 1,395 vehicles passed through without contact by deputies.

There were four drivers evaluated for being under the influence and two drivers arrested, one for being under the influence of alcohol and one for being under the influence of drugs, Sipley said.

One driver was cited for possession of marijuana in a vehicle, 11 citations were issued and three vehicles towed.

In Chula Vista, police set up their checkpoint in the 800 block of Otay Lakes Road from 7 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement.

Of the 1,435 vehicles that traveled through the checkpoint, 920 were screened by officers and 18 drivers were given field sobriety tests. No one was arrested for drunk driving.

Sixteen unlicensed or suspended-license citations were issued, eight vehicles were impounded and another 38 citations were issued for various vehicle code violations.

The checkpoints were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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