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Lodi Police DUI checkpoint yields eight arrests and 28 citations

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Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6:01 am | Updated: 6:02 am, Tue Nov 16, 2010.

The Lodi Police Department arrested eight people during a DUI checkpoint Saturday night, only three of whom were booked for driving under the influence.

According to Sgt. Chris Jacobsen, with the Lodi Police, the five other arrests were made for drug-related offenses or other criminal charges, including one woman who was arrested after being found laying drunk in the street around 1 a.m. The woman was Downtown at the time, but the arrest was made by a motorcycle officer who was working the checkpoint, Jacobsen said.

Additionally, 17 vehicles were towed and 28 citations were issued.

The checkpoint was held in the 100 block of South Cherokee Lane from 8 p.m. to just before 2 a.m. The checkpoint was less active than those held at other locations, Jacobsen said. Police screened at least 900 cars during their last checkpoint on Kettleman Lane, but barely saw 300 vehicles on Saturday.

The department will conduct monthly checkpoints until September, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The next checkpoint is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Contact reporter Fernando Gallo at fernando@lodinews.com.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:36 pm on Wed, Nov 17, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Jerry Bransom posted at 5:35...Jesus H! Are you people unaware of where you live...I think I will put my faith in the Lodi Police to decide ...

    Jerry, I agree with you, I think Lodi officers are worth having faith in. .

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 5:35 pm on Wed, Nov 17, 2010.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    Jesus H! Are you people unaware of where you live? Appellation? Millions in Revenue? Who can remember a problem with anyone out buying Lodi Wines? VERSUS the problems on the East Side? Shootings? Stabbings? Theft? I think I will put my faith in the Lodi Police to decide where their Checkpoint will be located before a bunch of illiterate bloggers!

  • Suzy Morgan posted at 5:29 pm on Wed, Nov 17, 2010.

    Suzy Morgan Posts: 14

    Doug and Joanne you are absolutely right! Since they are just tasting wine, they aren't getting drunk, right? Right. Those in West Lodi would never dream of driving drunk, right? Right.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:00 pm on Wed, Nov 17, 2010.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4305

    This is what our federal tax dollars are paying for - grants to LPD to go after people who are already targeted on the East side, not the overall population.

    My daughter has volunteered at ZinFest for the past 5 years or so and she is always amazed at the number of drunks leaving the "festivities" and getting in their cars and driving away. No effort to stop these people from driving under the influence.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 1:43 pm on Wed, Nov 17, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I wonder why this DUI checkpoint on this particular evening was placed as far away as possible from the real action corner at Wine&Roses at Turner & Lower Sac or Lower Sac & Kettleman, where the infamous first "sip" would have been very effective in actually screening those wine drinkers that are encouraged to come to Lodi and drive from winery to winery getting their buzzes on? Why was the DUI chosen to be at Cherokee Lane, in the minority Hispanic-Pakistani crime ridden part of town rather than the area where the wealthy and alcoholics gather at Lodi's many wine tasting events? LPD, what justifies a DUI checkpoint that nets 3 DUI, yet tows 17 vehicles and issues 28 citations? Not to mention the five other arrests and a drunken woman laying in the street downtown? Why not rlease thee names of those towed, arrested or cited and show us that this is not just more racial profiling in this dirty little town? I bypassed the checkpoint a few weeks back to get to the pizza place and there were five or six tow trucks looking like they were waiting for their next "John" parked in the back lot of the development at Mills and Kettleman? You need to start concentrating on those wine drinking and driving events if you want anyone to think you're interested in anything but the overtime and MONEY! Your grant funding and gravy overtime paychecks need to be cut off if you continue to ignore the real problem, drinking and driving. Continuing to allow these same tasters, partiers, drunks and even their designated drivers to constantly keep these little two lane roads that are continually referred to as blood alleys.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 4:51 pm on Tue, Nov 16, 2010.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Or worse yet, I wonder how Mr. York would feel if one of his own family members were killed in an accident involving an intoxicated driver.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:27 pm on Tue, Nov 16, 2010.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    I wonder how Mr. York feels when a previous client of his, heavily intoxicated, smashes into a family killing all or some of them? I wonder if the family could sue the attorney. I'm sure it would be tossed out but it would definitely gain some national headlines and hopefully make the guy think about enabling potential killers.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:16 am on Tue, Nov 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I saw this statement online from an attorney, who in my opinion, is one of the bad guys. I find it amazing that so many legal hurdles are in place that result in people getting away with not taking responsibility for their actions.

    As Darrell York, a top Ventura County DUI attorney explains8, "When I have a client who is arrested at a California DUI checkpoint, I not only investigate the charge that he was driving under the influence...by exploring all the 'typical' California DUI defenses...but I also critically examine the sobriety checkpoint itself to see if all of the legal requirements that relate to these DUI traps are satisfied. When they are not, I can use these fatal flaws to help acquit my client."



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