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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 7:33 pm

A Sacramento man led Lodi police officers after an officer smelled marijuana in his SUV during a DUI-driver’s license Saturday night, police said.

Lorenzo Chuidian, 26, was allegedly driving a Ford Excursion loaned to him in Sacramento. When an officer ordered him to pull into a parking lot near the checkpoint in the 200 block of East Kettleman Lane at about 11 p.m. Saturday, Chuidian drove away to the frontage roads on both sides of Highway 99, police said. Officers couldn’t find the SUV, but a motorist reported Chuidian driving north on southbound Highway 99, police said.

Officers said they found the vehicle, which was believed to be north of Turner Road and were able to write down the license plate numbers. Officers ended the pursuit because it was unsafe to continue, police said.

The SUV was registered to a man in Sacramento. Sacramento police officers went to the residence, found the vehicle and Chuidian, Lodi police reported. Sacramento police turned Chuidian over to Lodi authorities at about 4 a.m. Sunday. He was booked into Lodi jail on suspicion of felony evading and obstructing officers.

Chuidian was one of four people arrested at the DUI-driver’s license checkpoint, which took place from 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 a.m. Sunday. One person was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and two others for outstanding warrants, according to police Sgt. David Griffin.

Officers screened 963 vehicles, and six drivers were given a field sobriety test Griffin said. Five drivers were five cited for allegedly operating a vehicle while their license was suspended or revoked. Seven vehicles were towed away, and four of them were impounded, Griffin said.

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

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:24 am on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Kevin, the time was 11PM?

  • robert maurer posted at 8:29 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 437


  • robert maurer posted at 8:27 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 437


  • robert maurer posted at 2:28 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 437

    Get your facts straight on who said what,jb. Any body with the iq of a head of lettuce can avoid these checkpoints if they want. I laugh at those illegal,irresponsible drivers who get caught,hoping a life was saved, unlike you, who probably makes a good living writing up death certificates.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:04 am on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4301

    I think your reasoning is quite a bit flawed here, Mr. Paglia, especially since you are in sympathy with your brother, too emotional.

    If it is mean spirited to say that if an employee, ANY employee, relies on OT to make ends meet or relies on the possibility of getting a raise to make ends meet, then there is definitely something wrong with their finances.

    I know several people who work for the State (CA) who have lost their homes due to having to take mandatory days off - many of them relied solely on their regular pay to meet their obligations.

    Just yesterday on the news it was announced that some department (can't remember which) was set to start furloughs - ONE DAY every week.

    That is 8 hours x 52 weeks = 416 hours. There are 2080 working hours in the standard year for M-F, 8-5 employees.

    That means a pay cut of 20% of REGULAR PAY. Not OT or not potential pay raises, just REGULAR PAY.

    Let's say an employee is making 40K per year. Their pay falls to 32K.

    Now that is hardship.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:50 am on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4301

    "Now you are telling all of us that Lodi has a "DUI warning hotline" that alerts everyone when a roadblock is set up."

    As Mr. Chaney mentioned, the day and time of the checkpoint appears in the paper, but the actual location is not disclosed.

    Every once in a while I visit a friend who works at OSH on Cherokee and Lodi Avenue and we go out for a drink when she gets off at 9PM. EVERY TIME I have been there at closing to pick her up and there just happens to be a checkpoint that evening, employees are either calling or receiving calls from friends alerting them to the location of the checkpoint.

    If it happens to be at Cherokee and Lodi Avenue, even stone cold sober employees just leaving work avoid it like the plague.

    So for those such as Mr. Mauer (who, BTW, doesn't even live in Lodi) and Mr. Cook, who adamantly claims there is no citywide "alert system," you both are dead wrong.

    As for previously published information from LPD that the checkpoints are set up at locations that have a high incidence of accidents and NOT a high incidence of DUI arrests (whoever wrote that is INCORRECT), it is funny that I have never read that Cherokee and Lodi Ave. is a high accident area as opposed to Mills and Lodi Avenue, or Mills and Turner.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:30 am on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4301

    It states when, but not where...."at an undisclosed location."

  • Josh Morgan posted at 10:09 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Ask Al Michaels about trying to avoid a DUI check point. Didn't work for him very well.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:36 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    Fine Mr. Chaney, I'll respond to your allegations. From the article "The collision, which involved four cars, took place at 1:32 p.m., when Phi Nguyen, 49, of Stockton crashed into the victim’s 2001 Cadillac head on, according to CHP Sgt."

    Did you catch that time? 1:32 PM. That is just past NOON. There was NO DUI check point set up at that time so this guy couldn't have bypassed the check point. Your bias and self-righteous condemnations of the hard working police men and women is tiring at least. My brother worked a DUI checkpoint this weekend in a southern Cal city. They caught a lady with 3x the legal drinking limit. If that police department had been influence by you she would have been free to drive on and kill someone. And as for the over time my brother made, it has been 6 years since he got a raise since the city has locked wages for that long. So the only way he can make ends meet is to do over time either on patrol or at checkpoints. Your wailing against police making overtime at these checkpoints would mean his family would have to miss paying bills. So forgive me if I get a little worked up when you accuse police of being greedy working those check points that save lives... You know what don't bother with the forgiveness, I don't want anything from someone as filled with hate as you.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:05 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Mr. Maurer, looks like you and Josh have a nice cheerleader in Raymond.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:03 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Mr. Maurer, the date and time are reported but not the location. You can't fix stupid or someone who can't read the brief article that's required by law to be published stating the date and time, but not the location. Just how hard is it to drive around Lodi common at 5:30 pm or so when the tow vehicles, catering truck, police and partners vehicles are setting up the checkpoint? You know it will be on Cherokee, kettleman, Lawrence park on lockeford street and the latest on kettleman again. Just how many dui's does Lodi write each year except for their license/dui traps? And where?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:55 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Raymond, you said earlier there was no "early warning system? And no one has responded to my allegation that this tragedy on 12 wasn't caused by someone who was bypassed at the checkpoint for a misdemeanor traffic citation?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:53 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Mr. Maurer it's been years since I've even had a drink. Why do you assume I'm one of those downtown drinkers? Nor do I do any drugs or smoke pot.

  • Raymond Cook posted at 4:58 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Lodi Resident Posts: 25

    Hi Josh!

    You get "Post of the day", although robert and Kevin are right up there with ya. Personally, I don't care what the criteria is or the location of the DUI checkpoint is! Everyone knows where the DUI checkpoint is ahead of time... "Which I don't think should be known." If someone is still foolish enough to get caught in a DUI/License checkpoint, it they have broken no line, I am sure the time stopped is minimal. For those who break our laws and endanger others, "Too bad, So Sad."

  • robert maurer posted at 3:48 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 437

    Maybe Doug hates downtown because he can never find a parking place in front of his favorite establishment![lol]

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:28 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    Stop it, Doug can't handle the truth. He has to believe that the choice as to where the checkpoint goes is based solely on how much we Anglos can't stand the East side an those that live there.

  • robert maurer posted at 3:03 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 437

    Makes sense to me. Isn't that how it is determined where stoplights, signs, etc. are placed?

  • Josh Morgan posted at 2:08 pm on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Correct me if I'm wrong but my understanding of the location of checkpoints is that they have to meet certain criteria. You actually have to provide the data showing that the location is in an area where DUI's are common and/or high accident rates. You can't just come up with a location you think is a good idea.

  • robert maurer posted at 10:52 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 437

    We've been through this with the same perpetual complainer ad nauseum on 3-28-13 : www.lodinews.com/article_11edb73a-9a72-11-e2-88b9-001...

  • robert maurer posted at 10:10 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 437

    Same person, same ridiculous complaint. Gail Irons is correct regarding DUI checkpoint alerts. Proof that "ya can't fix stupid".[tongue_smile]

  • Raymond Cook posted at 10:08 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Lodi Resident Posts: 25

    AS article stating the DUI location is NOT the same thing as a "Secretive Hotline to other businesses once a Drunk driver is arrested as Doug implies. But you keep working it Doug. You have maybe 1 reader convinced.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:03 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Smoking pot like a democrat?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:01 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Raymond, I fully agree with you. Not the way the checkpoints are scheduled, though. Do you think it is right to avoid the downtown area and the weekends of the big wine and alcohol events? What would be wrong with scheduling these checkpoints on the Friday/Saturday of the many alcohol related venues and in the area where they would generate the most likely routes drivers would use to return home? And, yes Raymond, every major bar/restaurant wine room and anyone nearly anyone else that serves alcohol knows easily where and when these checkpoints are. While at a crab feed two months they announced the location of the checkpoint that Saturday evening and cautioned those who were drinking to use routes to avoid that location, which was at Mills and Kettleman.

  • Gail Irons posted at 8:34 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Gail Posts: 8

    The Lodi News Sentinel usually prints a small article during the week that a DUI Checkpoint is going to be held. It states when and where.[beam]

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 8:14 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    And that's what this is all about, money for LPD..... Of course they will deny this or say they don't get any of the proceeds....

  • Raymond Cook posted at 7:53 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Lodi Resident Posts: 25

    Here's a news alert tip for ya Doug:

    Maybe people shouldn't get behind the wheel drunk or drug impaired?

    Boy they could save some money huh?

  • Raymond Cook posted at 7:51 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Lodi Resident Posts: 25

    Good Lord Doug!

    Now you are telling all of us that Lodi has a "DUI warning hotline" that alerts everyone when a roadblock is set up.

    I just can't hold back the laughter!

  • Raymond Cook posted at 7:49 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    Lodi Resident Posts: 25

    What ever happened to the good old days when someone stupid would just tell the officer, Okay copper, ya got me. I refuse to obey the law and was drinking before I hit the road and been smoking pot like a Democrat thinking about Obama! I'll go quietly but I want my phone call, public defender and 3 hots and a cot! I know my rights.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:56 am on Mon, Apr 22, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    200 block of east Kettleman? Once again, great planning to let the overimbibers that frequent downtown Lodi once again drive impaired and by the time the checkpoint was set up, every alcohol serving venue had already been informed by the hotline, and possibly someone with the information where it would be set up, and the word then spreads like wildfire to the other establishments that warn impaired drivers which area they should avoid. LPD needs saturation patrols with outside law enforcement to control impaired drivers. Outside law enforcement aren't afraid to address the problem where it exists, mainly downtown Lodi and the many wine events that continue year round, and aren't as prone to give free passes to those wealthy, well connected, good old boys and their clan. The planner of these checkpoints is seemingly brain dead or only choosing the areas of the minority side of Lodi to write minor traffic citations only for towing and impounds that can cost more than $3,000 for a thirty day impound. Easy money for the tow owners and LPD, where in most other towns and cities, those profits are split between the tow company and law enforcement. Again, the checkpoint was on the east side of Lodi where Stockton and Kettleman cross and on the westbound traffic flow? Most Lodi Anglos are afraid to even go to that area after dark, aren't they? Again, my opinion says these checkpoints are primarily for targeting unlicensed minority vehicle operators for the impound charges and the impaired driving is just a smokescreen for loading the coffers of LPD and the tow owners, who seem to be the good old boys of Lodi? Since the new impound laws went into effect the first of this year, I see the tow boys have divested themselves of many of those spiffy new tow vehicles they either bout or leased with the hopes of getting rich from those impounds of minor traffic violators and their profits have drastically dropped with only a half dozen or so tows/impounds compared to as many as twenty nine before the new bill passed. And all of this on overtime. What a shame.



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