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Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Wed Jun 29, 2011.

Saturday's DUI/driver's license checkpoint netted 12 arrests, including six for driving under the influence, according to the Lodi Police Department. The checkpoint was conducted on Cherokee Lane between Vine and Poplar streets.

Of other the arrests made, three were for outstanding warrants and two were apprehended for burglarizing the Kmart moments after the checkpoint opened, police said.

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19 comments:

  • Kim Lee posted at 6:24 pm on Tue, Jul 5, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Michael Naatus: People should have the right to drive on the roads without being killed by a drunk driver.

     
  • William Dawes posted at 8:44 am on Fri, Jul 1, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 115

    When a prisoner escapes from the law, they have vehicle checkpoints. We have 100's of illegal aliens here, and the checkpoints should be used for that too. When I start seeing more high school students working in the starter jobs, and not the illegals, I'll know it is working. Illegal is illegal.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:56 pm on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Jackson, isn't thaat where the wino alcoholics most often frequent? So you say it's ok for a wino to be excused from driving impaired? And why not trap those well to do tourists rather than the poor folk of Lodi? Don't they have money to burn? Problem is, there are very few of them in Lodi. Having poured over a dozen wine events for Oakridge Winery in the early 90's, at least 90% of the attendees were local area wine drinkers, and the same clannish group each time could be expected at each and every event. So, Jackson, are you one of the good ole' winos? Your ignorance shows more with each blog you make. And Baxter, I was referring to those like you. I only assumed in my opinion that I felt it was racial profiling, and nothing more. You, sir, are the bigot, in my opinion.

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 4:43 pm on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 384

    Raymond, we all know that Doug believes all of the checkpoints should be setup outside all of the wine tasting rooms in the area to bust out of town visitors and discourage our local tourism economy, and it's driving force, our exploding wine industry.

    That would be like Napa County Sheriff's setting up stops near the top notch restaurant, The French Laundry, and Opus One Winery, a joint venture by visionaries Robert Mondavi (a LHS 1932 grad) and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 4:36 pm on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    I hate illegal immigrants? Yep, that's what I said. What am I supposed to do, embrace them? Tolerate them? Why should I? They are invaders and criminals and should be treated as such.
    Go ahead Joanne, tell me that I shouldn't hold it against the children who are also illegal. How about if I was a thief, and from birth I raised my child to be a thief, telling him that it was okay. Joanne, are you going to forgive him when he steals from you because it's not his fault?
    These illegals are stealing from us every time they take advantage of a taxpayer-provided service.

     
  • Raymond Cook posted at 12:26 pm on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Raymond Cook Posts: 125

    Doug, please don't make this a complicated blog.

    Let's keep it simple and to the point:

    1. Do you feel that LPD has a legal duty under Calif State law to conduct DUI/License checks?

    2. Do you feel that legally licensed and insured drivers not drunk have nothing to fear from said check points?

    3. Do you feel that even 1 DUI driver and said vehicle taken off the streets of Lodi could in truth perhaps save lives or property?

    4. The mere fact that DUI/License checkpoints are legal gives LPD the right and flexibility to set up a check point any where they please, do you not agree?

    5. You use the word "Trap" very casually in this blog. No one should be driving drunk, without a license or insurance in the first place. For LPD to tell these fools they will be conducting a check point on any given day serves as a WARNING for them to stay home that day don't you agree?

    6. If a driver is driving without a license, without insurance or both, do you agree that said violators are very much (Aware) they are breaking the law and subject to arrest and seizure of their vehicle?

    7. Do you not agree Doug, that if an officer is enforcing one law...in this case a DUI check point, that any other violation of a crime being made aware of in his presence makes that suspect "Fair Game" for an arrest and consequences? "Example... firearm, drugs, stolen property, warrants, the list goes on and on."

    Under your opinion you imply that if a driver is sober, but without the drivers license or insurance that he should be allowed to pass thru the check point unhindered.

    Should he or she cause a accident, injury or death, the City of Lodi, LPD and the officer who checked the driver would all be held liable for damages for not enforcing the specific law they were made aware of by the driver.

    You can't pick and choose who gets a free pass thru a DUI/License checkpoint.

    I concede you have a issue with the location of the DUI/License check point locations, but all thru your life and mine Doug, there will be things we don't like.

    We change what we can change, we accept that which we can't change.

    I don't see what the problem is with DUI/License check points on the east side 7 nights a week.

    If no one is in violation of the law, what is the problem?

    My hope is that we don't have to read a front page article in LNS about an East Side driver killing someone while drunk, or that they were driving without a license or insurance.

    Prevention is always a safer option then someone's death.

    If someone is hit by a driver with no insurance, they will not recover the damge to their vehicle or medical expenses.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 11:01 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1835

    Chaney, am I to understand that now you deny calling LPD racists, bigots and picking on hispanics? Oh my, you need to read your past posts. You seem to wake up in a new world every day.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:42 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1904

    Just had an interesting thought. Imagine if they checked for a valid DL when you went through a toll booth? Hand over the money and your DL with a officer or two on hand if needed. Not endorsing it by any means, just had the thought.

     
  • Laura Rouzer posted at 10:12 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 57

    Congrats LPD!!!

    Keep "trapping" those who refuse to follow the laws like everyone else. Tow away their vehicle and make them pay. Do anything you can to make this town safer for those of us that know how to follow the rules.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:39 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Raymond, when have I ever said unlicensed, uninsured or drivers with a restricted/suspended license have the right to drive. I only disagree with the methods used to "trap" those drivers under the guise of a DUI checkpoint. Apparently if the laws are in the process of being changed to eliminate these checkpoints to DUI only, there must be a serious problem with cities that use these questionable practices to merely fill city coffers and provide nice, new state of the art tow vehicles and hefty towing and impoundment fees to the fast growing tow truck business in the city of Lodi. And, Mr. Chapman, what's with you and your naivete blog referring to racism and bigotry? You seem to be the only one in this particular blog affixed on your own fetish.

     
  • Raymond Cook posted at 9:16 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Raymond Cook Posts: 125

    Doug, I see hope for you after all.

    If you and I must be held accountable for breaking the law, it seems only fair that others be held accountable too.

     
  • Raymond Cook posted at 9:14 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Raymond Cook Posts: 125

    Unlicensed, uninsured and drunk drivers are a DANGER to the community. Only 1 blogger here feels that those who have no insurance or license have the RIGHT to driver and not be punished.

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 9:09 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Mr. Baxter, you will notice there were no names mentioned to tip off what ethnicity these arrestees were. You can bet if they were hispanic surames Mr. Chaney would be screaming his usual rhetoric about LPD profiling, racism and bigotry picking on poor hispanics and punishing them for breaking the law,

    "Good Job LPD".

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 9:00 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1835

    WOW, a miracle, Doug Chaney praising the LPD? Stunning !!! After all the blasting and denegrading remarks he has made about LPD I am absolutely amazed at his change of heart.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:40 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Good job LPD! Anytime you can remove 6 impaired drivers from the road in a small town as this, that's a great accomplishment. Although I don't agree with the other aspects of these checkpoints, I'll have to learn to live with it.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:39 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4485

    I don't think anyone in this forum defends drunk drivers. Some protest the method and motivation for placing them in certain areas, Mr. Paglia.

    I see the LPD is now advertising them as DUI and LICENSE checkpoints. I don't defend either violation, but it is an example of the expansion of police power in California and the amount of money that is being provided for that expansion.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:24 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4485

    Oh, the best part is the two clowns who burglarized KMart and then drove into the checkpoint. Real brainiacs, those two!

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 8:21 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1904

    Where are the defenders arguing it would be better if these 6 drunks were allowed to proceed on the roads, unhindered into the side of a car carrying someones parents, children or other loved ones?

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:11 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1835

    To quote Forestt Gump, "stupid is as stupid does". Yea, LPD, keep up the good work. You would think that sooner or later these morons would figure out it is easier and cheaper to obey the laws of California.

     
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