Four DUI suspects and were arrested Saturday night and early Sunday morning in the Lodi Police Department’s DUI/driver’s license checkpoint operation.
Two others were arrested for outstanding warrants.
One suspect, Lodi resident David Hernandez Jr., 32, allegedly drove through the checkpoint without stopping, police said. He was stopped a short distance away. Preliminary investigation showed that Hernandez’s blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.
Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and felony DUI after officers learned he had four previous DUI convictions within the past nine years, according to police Lt. Chris Jacobson. Hernandez was also driving on a suspended license due to DUI convictions, Jacobson said.
The checkpoint was held from 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of East Kettleman Lane.
The goal of the DUI checkpoint was to remove impaired drivers and bring awareness to the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Jacobson said.
Two other drivers were given field sobriety tests at the checkpoint location and arrested for DUI. Two other subjects were arrested for outstanding warrants at the checkpoint.
While conducting saturation patrols away from the checkpoint, two other people allegedly driving under the influence were arrested, one of which was allegedly under the influence of narcotics.
Officers screened 791 vehicles through the checkpoint. In addition to the arrests, 16 citations were issued, and five others were cited for driving without a license.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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