DUI checkpoint nets 14 arrests

By From page A4 | March 30, 2014

VACAVILLE — A checkpoint conducted Saturday by the Vacaville Police Department resulted in the arrest of one person suspected of driving under the influence and several others who lacked proper licensing.

The Traffic Unit screened 744 vehicles at a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at East Monte Vista Avenue from Callen to Brown streets between 6 p.m. and midnight, according to a press release. Police arrested and cited 12 for operating a vehicle without a license or while it was suspended or revoked and another for criminal charges detailed in a traffic warrant.

Vacaville police will conduct another DUI saturation patrol on May 5.

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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Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 7:33 am

    744 people detained. 1 was suspected of DUI. 12 were arrested (a citation for this is an arrest) for administrative non-compliance. This is not a "DUI Checkpoint"... it is an un-Constitutional Administrative Compliance (UCAC) checkpoint. If only Vacaville's Finest would use a fake German accent when asking for "your papers please... show me your papers!"... then at least we could have a laugh while our rights are being violated.

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  • BubbaMarch 30, 2014 - 7:56 am

    Whatever you wanna call it, they did a good job. You break the law you shouldn't be arrested if contacted about something else? Give me a break. Cali is one of the most liberal states in the world about all these illegals. You don't like it...MOVE!!!!

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  • CD BrooksMarch 30, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Bubba, The Mister always complains about the checkpoints. He's wrong about the Constitutionality but he knows that, just making his conspiratorial waves. Although I'd prefer a full time traffic division, we should be grateful for these checkpoints as they do get bad guys off the streets . Even if only temporarily, they do get busted and are on the record.

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 8:54 am

    Seedy, are you telling me that VVPD doesn't have a full time traffic division? Really? Is this another one of those "facts" that you've pulled out of your smelly place? VVPD has a very fine traffic division. I've met some of them and they are renowned for their politeness and professionalism on car stops. Seedy, once again you are wrong.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 30, 2014 - 9:06 am

    The Mister, I was speaking in general terms and I don't know if Vaca has a fully staffed full time Traffic Division. Nice to know you've met them, but I am rarely wrong.

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  • patrickMarch 30, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    BUBBA--Vacaville PD does not have a website which the public can access . Go to the Fairfield PD has a website which is all public info. vaca PD prefers to limit info--- try Fairfields website and then wonder why vaca does not

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  • Mr.RMarch 30, 2014 - 11:05 am

    The Mister, You have a constitutional right not to drive or own a vehicle.Driving is a privilege not a right.Now,if you are walking on the sidewalk and are stopped for no cause, then that is Unconstitutional.

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 11:29 am

    Mr R... did ya get enough Kool-Aid?

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  • Mr.RMarch 30, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    The Mister. Now,now,no sarcasm. I tend to lean to the conservative side when it comes to constitutional rights.You know,as well as everyone else,that you give up certain rights when you get behind the wheel. The only thing I can say is if you don't like the rules,Don't drive on public roads.

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    Here's a question for you, Mr R; if driving a car on the public roads is a privilege, then why is it when you get pulled over, the officer has to have 1) your permission, 2) probable cause, or 3) a warrant to search your car that you were observed driving on the public road? Because you do not give up your rights when you drive on public roads. At all times, you have the unlimited right to travel (without infringing on anyone else's rights) and you have the unlimited right to own property... like a vehicle. You pay taxes for the building and maintenance of roads. What you stipulate when you exercise your right to drive on public roads is to abide by the common rules of the road to protect the rights of others. We do not give up our rights when we drive, we only agree to abide by the rules that protect the rights of others. Driving and texting; driving drunk... those pose a threat to the safety of other drivers. Driving with an expired DL or registration is of no threat to others. All I want is for the Vacaville Police to be honest... their checkpoints are NOT primarily to get drunk drivers off the road. If it were, they would park outside of bars. Yes, the bar owners would call the Mayor who would call the Chief who would remove the cops from outside of bars because of their effect on business... so it's really not about getting drunks off the road. The primary reason for their checkpoint is for Administrative Compliance. If it were otherwise, they would not arrest and tow all those cars of people who failed their Administrative Compliance. Mr R, driving on public roads is a right... complying with safety rules is a responsibility. Stopping everyone on the road for Administrative Compliance is un-Constitutional.

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  • Mr.RMarch 30, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    The Mister. You have answered your own question.The police must have propable cause and or your permission or a warrent to search because this is private property.They also have a right to set up DUI check points,backed by the California Supreme Court. Now if driving impaired is illegal,the same has to be said for driving with no license or on a suspended or revoked license.Is it true that everytime you get pulled over,even for a machanical defect,that you have to show your license and registration,then why would not expect to have to show them at a DUI check point.

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    Mr R; Driving impaired is illegal. If an officer develops probable cause, perhaps by swerving, that a driver is impaired, the officer can then stop the driver. A checkpoint does not does not develop probable cause, nor do they as the driver's permission, nor is a sworn out for the search and seizure of your property (your car, your body). In that the Supreme Communist declared that a DUI checkpoint that infringes on individual rights but does so for the greater good, then so be it. What we have in effect is not a DUI checkpoint... it is an Administrative Compliance checkpoint masked by the feel-good moniker DUI checkpoint. You want drunks off the road, then put the cops outside the bars. You want a driver off the road for an expired DL, then let the cop who observes the driver develop probable cause.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 30, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    The Mister, really? First there is no law that prevents you from avoiding a checkpoint if you can do so without a dangerous or illegal maneuver. Let's examine the reason you're driving without a license. Did you leave it at home or did it expire? If that is the case, you are probably not a threat and would be allowed to move on. As a matter of fact, the cops cannot impound your vehicle for those offenses at a DUI checkpoint. But they can hold it until a driver with a valid license comes to retrieve it before the time of the checkpoint expires. If your license was revoked or suspended, then you are not only driving illegally, you might very well be a threat and your car would be impounded. Driving with expired tags would get you a warning or the equivalent of a "fix-it" ticket and you could move on. Driving without or expired insurance would probably net a citation and you’d likely go through. There is precedence that provides for the officer to search your vehicle if he/she determines there might be a valid reason I E probable cause. Your rights end when you make the choice to abuse or break the law. DUI checkpoints have been challenged and found Constitutional. Oh yeah I all ready told you that, get over it.

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Seedy, you said, "Your rights end when you make a choice to abuse or break the law." The law was that you had to return an escaped slave to his owner. If you didn't, Seedy, then you broke the law and, according to you, your rights ended right there. Here's some other laws in California that you might run afoul of and, according to you, justly loose your rights. In California, women may not drive in a housecoat. In Blythe, you are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows. In Burlingame, it is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds. In Carmel, a man can't go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match. Also in Carmel, it was illegal to eat ice cream while standing on the sidewalk (this was repealed by mayor Eastwood). In Eureka, men who wear moustaches are forbidden from kissing women. In Glendale, cars may not be driven in reverse. Also in Glendale, one may not take his dog on an elevator with him. In LA, you cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time. Also in LA, it is illegal to cry on the witness stand. In Pasadena, it is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss. In Prunedale, two bathtubs may not be installed in the same house. In SF, it is illegal to wipe one's car with used underwear. In Walnut, kites may not be flown above 10 feet over the ground. Also, males may not dress as a female unless a special permit is obtained from the sheriff. Violate any of these, Seedy, and countless more, and according to you "your rights end". Are you telling me, Seedy, that you care so little about your rights that you'd give them up because you violated any law? Or is it that you so worship the power of government that you believe it can never do wrong? This is what you are saying, Seedy. Can you really mean it?

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  • CD BrooksMarch 30, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    The Mister, this is me ignoring the stupidity of that mess...surely you must be joking? Never mind.

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  • BobMarch 30, 2014 - 8:22 am

    The Mister, So it would have been better to let the 1 drunk go about his way, which was probably going to another bar, then go out and kill a family, but that wouldn't be his fault the police should have caught him, wait THEY did catch him, GOOD job!

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Hey Bobby, if it was about catching drunks, shouldn't the cops be parked down the block from the bars? Yes they should... but they don't. Why? Because it's not about catching drunks.

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  • WeaverwomanMarch 30, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Did that drunk come from a bar?

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  • Mr.RMarch 30, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    They don't because that's Unconstitutional.

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  • WeaverwomanMarch 30, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Oh dear Mr Mister I am sooooo sorry. I selected the wrong choice. I reported your comment as abuse. grrrr Again, I am sorry. :((

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 10:34 am

    No worries, WW! As Red Green says, we're all in this together.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 30, 2014 - 9:09 am

    The United States has more people in prisons and jails then Russia and China combined. Your papers please, komrade citizen-serf!

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  • loveMarch 30, 2014 - 10:22 am

    For my 26th Birthday I just really want to go to breakfast with CD & Mister and all the other DR commenters and talk current events

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  • The MisterMarch 30, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Might end up being a food fight!!

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  • CD BrooksMarch 30, 2014 - 10:38 am

    Love, hmm a conspiracy theorist and opinionated bully. We've tried this before. Anyone? You buying?

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  • Well I guess it depends on if "love" has DD HootersMarch 30, 2014 - 10:41 am

    Random comment from someone who is not The Mister

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  • JBDragonMarch 30, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Why they keep calling these things a DUI checkpoint it laughable at best. Very few DUI's ever get caught in one of these checkpoints. It's pretty much anything and everything else. Why end this fraud and call it what it really is,. A catch all Checkpoint!!! Can't have that as now it would be unconstitutional. While driving without a liecense is wrong, there gas to be better ways then stopping everyone. How about real jail time if caught without a liecense. Take their car! End these checkpoints.

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  • F-vvpdMarch 30, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    Vacaville police will arrest u for anything they set it up as intrapment this is right by my house and I go and watch them for fun if u make any left or right they send the motorcycle cops to get you. Waist of tax payers money. U people shoud try video taping them they will arrest like they did me take u down to the station and let u go for nothing. There are good cops out there dont get me wrong but vacaville has one of the most corrupt forces in solano officer love is the biggest asshole u could ever meet he would arrest his own mom. And officer smith will sit on the corner pulling people over with his finger. Vacaville police are the real gang in vacaville. People need to know there rights to help stop police brutality. I tell people all the time call the vacaville police for what so they can take forever and be assholes. We take care of our own problems in our neiborhood. Its just easier that way. Im not against dui check points but social media will tell u where there at and the paper useless

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  • Next DoorMarch 30, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    731 law abiding citizens were randomly questioned by authorities without provocation or warrant. The unlawful detention of these law abiding citizens resulted in discovery of another 13 who are scofflaws so sieg heil and all that crap welcome to Amerika comrade now drink your kool aid and shut-up

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