Eight drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol were taken off the road in Lodi during a DUI saturation patrol on Saturday night. The patrol spanned Lodi city limits and included officers from Stockton, Manteca and Lodi police departments.
Ten San Joaquin County law enforcement agencies were involved in a 17-day summer and Labor Day DUI crackdown that resulted in 164 total arrests in San Joaquin County for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Saturday’s patrol was not a DUI checkpoint. Instead, a task force of officers spread out around the city searching for any traffic violations that occurred in their presence.
The focused effort began at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and finished up at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. Those hours are typically when most drunk driving violations occur, said Officer Joseph Silva, public information officer for the Stockton Police Department.
Officers looked for swerving drivers, cars with expired tags and other violations.
More than 60 vehicles were stopped. Four suspects were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, while another four were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
Two others were also arrested during the patrol. One subject was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Another was arrested for possession of a stolen and loaded firearm. Thirteen citations were issued, and four vehicles were impounded for 30 days.
Silva called the saturation patrol a success.
“Any time you can get one drunk driver off the road, that’s deemed a success. That driver now cannot harm anyone else due to them drinking and driving,” said Silva.
Silva did not provide the names of those arrested during the patrol.
The DUI saturation patrol was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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