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Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:57 am, Mon May 7, 2012.

Lodi police arrested 11 people during a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday in the 1500 block of West Kettleman Lane.

Four drivers were arrested for suspicion of DUI (two alcohol-related and two for marijuana), and one was arrested for public intoxication at the checkpoint location, police said. One of the suspected DUI drivers backed away from the checkpoint and fled.

Officers said they searched the area, but were unable to locate him. Approximately five minutes later, the same driver drove west in the eastbound lanes of Kettleman Lane in an effort to avoid the checkpoint, police said. Officers were able to catch up to the driver on Kettleman Lane near Davis Road and believe he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Meanwhile, four other drivers were arrested by checkpoint officers away from the checkpoint location while conducting saturation patrols. One of the arrests was for allegedly driving while under the influence of drugs. Two others were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication by checkpoint officers away from the checkpoint location.

Here’s some checkpoint information by the numbers:

  • 934: Vehicles through the checkpoint.
  • 905: Vehicles screened.
  • 13: Field sobriety tests conducted.
  • 11: Citations issued during the operation.
  • 9: Unlicensed and suspended drivers sent to court.
  • 7: Vehicles towed.
  • 4: DUI suspects arrested at checkpoint location.
  • 4: DUI suspects arrested away from the location during saturation patrols by checkpoint-funded officers.
  • 3: Persons arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Motorists are encouraged to report drunken drivers by calling 911.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Joe Baxter posted at 9:52 am on Thu, May 10, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1799

    A total of 8 DUI arrests. That equates to preventing possible fatal DUI accidents which might have even included the drunk driver.
    Great job LPD.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:32 am on Thu, May 10, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2238

    Great job LPD!

  • Kim Lee posted at 5:05 pm on Wed, May 9, 2012.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Jerry wrote, "This is about as useful as Zoophonics!"

    Hey, Zoo-phonics was very helpful to my kindergarten children.

  • Kim Lee posted at 5:04 pm on Wed, May 9, 2012.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Thank you, LPD. Let's keep those drunks off the road!

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 9:42 pm on Tue, May 8, 2012.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    What good job? 11 out of 934 vehicles. 1.1% RETURN ON INVESTMENT. I bet Half will get off on a technicality. Is it too much to ask that LPD focus this much attention on Theft, Drugs and Gang Bangers? This is about as useful as Zoophonics!

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:21 am on Mon, May 7, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4316

    Very interesting that this has occured twice - A DUI checkpoint was announced for St. Patrick's Day and then changed to saturation patrols.

    Then saturation patrols were announced for Cinco de Mayo and changed to a DUI checkpoint. The first was in Friday's paper and then a DUI checkpoint was in Saturday's paper.


  • Gary Musto posted at 7:48 am on Mon, May 7, 2012.

    Gary Musto Posts: 504

    Congrats LPD, job well done.



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