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Man arrested for allegedly leading chase from DUI checkpoint

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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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