The first of two multi-agency DUI saturation operations this weekend kept the Lodi Police Department busy Friday night, with the department nabbing 11 people for a host of crimes, including one minor who had a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a homicide.
During an eight-hour operation, 12 police officers participated, including officers from the Lathrop, Stockton, Manteca and Lodi police departments.
In total, 60 vehicles were stopped Friday night, and 13 field sobriety tests were conducted. Overall, eight DUI suspects were arrested, and three of those eight arrests were suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana.
There was also one arrest for possession of narcotics and illegal weapons.
Police officers issued 15 citations Friday night, and 10 vehicles were towed. Seven unlicensed and suspended drivers were sent to court, and even one stolen vehicle was recovered.
And though a second DUI checkpoint was conducted Saturday night, starting at midnight, a new law took effect in California that prohibits police from impounding cars at sobriety checkpoints if a motorist's only offense is being an unlicensed driver.
The saturation patrols are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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