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Scores of OC Arrests in Anti-DUI Effort

Five are nabbed in a court sting -- and more than 150 over the weekend. It's part of a 38-agency campaign to fight impaired driving.

Five people were arrested this week in a court sting, part of Orange County's anti-DUI holiday campaign. And 158 DUI arrests were made Dec. 14-16 as part of the same "Avoid the 38" DUI Task Force effort.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the targets in the sting operation at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach were defendants who were in court because of suspended licenses from previous DUI offenses. Plainclothes officers followed them out to the parking lot after their court hearings. Defendants who got behind the wheel and drove off were stopped by uniformed task force members and arrested and their vehicles impounded for 30 days.

All five defendants were cited and released at the scene.

The 158 arrests last weekend were made by officers from the 38 agencies participating in the campaign to curb impaired driving during the holiday season. The figure is provisional, the department said; some agencies have yet to report their numbers.

Throughout the campaign, the Sheriff’s Department and Laguna Beach, Irvine, Tustin and La Palma police departments will conduct DUI saturation patrols. Other agencies have announced these schedules:

  • Los Alamitos, Orange and UC Irvine police: Dec. 21, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Placentia, Buena Park and La Habra: Dec. 22, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Anaheim and the Cal State Fullerton police: Dec. 22, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Fullerton police: Dec. 24, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Placentia police: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.

Scheduled DUI/driver's license checkpoints:

  • Westminster: Dec. 20, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Anaheim: Dec. 29, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Buena Park, Placentia: Dec. 29, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Department and Buena Park police will conduct DUI warrant service operations during the campaign but will not announce the dates.

Grant funding for the Orange County effort comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

JustUs December 19, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Instead of stopping innocent law-abiding motorists who are doing nothing wrong and forcing them to tolerate police interrogations and invasive searches - why not put undercover cop cars in local bar parking lots after midnight, wait for drunk patrons to leave the establishments and then radio for a patrol unit to stop them once they drive out of the parking lot? Oh wait!!! I forgot!!! That would really tick off the bar owners and they would threaten to relocate their bar to another town, wouldn't they??? hah. So it's really not about SAVING LIVES, is it??? If it was the cops would do exactly what I mentioned above. It's about commerce and MONEY, isn't it??? Oh, and about unnecessarily violating the rights of innocent motorists, isn't it??? At least, let's be honest about it and show some integrity, okay??? You aren't ruling a bunch of 4th graders here. Some of us are grown adults. Don't insult whatever intelligence that God may have bestowed upon us!!! hah.
mocker December 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Yes its a business, a lottery of sorts. In a Quaker country, the name of the game is see how much sin you can get away with before you get caught. That has always been the hypocrisy of our moral code here in the USA. If you play, you gotta pay
JustUs December 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
" If you play, you gotta pay" Unless you happen to have strong inside connections like a Wall Street banker or a high-ranking official who perjures himself while testifying before congress or a high ranking police official who is given a pass for driving while being as drunk as a skunk - until it inadvertently leaks to the public and damage control goes into action. You know how the game is played, mocker.
MFriedrich December 20, 2012 at 02:23 AM
JustUs = Andromeda respawned. Am I right?
JustUs December 20, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I share some opinions with the late Truman Capote. Does that mean he has risen from the dead?
Panglonymous December 20, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Rubber, meet road.
JustUs December 20, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Is that sort of like 'Pot, meet Kettle?' :)
Panglonymous December 20, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Roughly. :)
MFriedrich December 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM
So if the cops announce where the checkpoints will be, sloshy drunks probably won't remember after 2 bottles of wine and a beer chaser for the road, but sober people have their wits and can veer clear. Genius.
JustUs December 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Oh, I see your logic there, mfriedrich. So as long as you're a smart citizen and keep track of all the local DUI checkpoints you don't have to undergo unwanted police interrogations or invasive searches even though you are abiding by all the laws and not bothering anyone, eh??? I'm sure that's what our Founding Fathers intended when they designed the Bill of RIghts, wasn't it? Why not have mandated random warrantless searches of homes between 8am and 10pm by the police departments but only if the domicile is occupied by a resident at the time the police arrive. That way if you're not home you won't be subject to the search. So the smart ones can just spend their non-sleeping hours elsewhere. Sound like a plan, mfriedrich? If the cops could just find one item that could injure, maim or take a human life....it would all be worth it, right? :)
JustUs December 20, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I see mfriedrich ran off. I guess that last post was a little too powerful and made way too much sense. :)
ROBSTER December 20, 2012 at 09:48 PM
As a family member and friend who has lost way too many loved ones to death and/or incarceration due to DUI (and even one is too many, in my opinion) - I think EVERYONE should do all they can to stay away from driving (and keeping friends from getting behind the wheel) after drinking. There are so many other easy options - and frankly, I truly believe it is selfish to think that one's rights are being threatened when anyone feels it's their RIGHT(?) to drink & drive. I never worry about the checkpoints or the DUI stings at the courthouses ~ I never drive after drinking, and don't even know where "jail" is. Yet, am still able to embibe and celebrate with friends and family as much as I want to. Designated drivers, Tipsy Tow, and Taxi cabs are available, ready and waiting for anyone who has the sense to use them and possibly save a life, save their driving record, and/or save their budget from having to pay for a DUI. If you cannot figure something as simple as this out, a comment on a newspost really shouldn't be the skill you should be working on.
JustUs December 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Robster, sorry about the problems that drunken driving has caused your family - but as a law-abiding citizen who obeys all traffic laws - I should not be forced to pull to the side of the road against my will and tolerate police interrorgation or invasive searches of my personal property because of problems drunken driving caused YOUR family. I never injured your family. Why infringe upon my freedom to drive down the street while obeying all laws? You make no sense, sir. Oh, and why don't you contact your local politicians about my previous recommendation of having police park undercover units in bar parking lots and pick off the drunks as they exit the bar and drive from the parking lot??? Or don't you want to make the bar owner mad? He's the one who fed the drunks booze who injured your relatives, Robster. Not me. Why are you taking your angst out on me and wanting to infringe on my right to freedom of movement when I've done nothing wrong? Why don't you target the drinking establishments that gave the drunk the booze in the first place that resulted in the injuries to your family? Why don't you go picket those places and ask the cops to target the drunks that leave those establishments INEBRIATED, get into her cars and drive away? Please respond, Robster. Don't run off like mfriedrich did.
Norm Scott December 21, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Perhaps Robster and mfriedrich are weary of your rants.
MFriedrich December 21, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Unfortunately for you, states have had it with drunk drivers. 40+ years of billboards, public education and state sponsored medical support for drunks and drugoids down the drain. Worse, a whole new generation of drunk Mario Andretti's just waiting in the wings. It'll never be over. Yes, it sucks to be searched and to witness the 4th amendment trampled on. But this happens to me every damn time I board an airplane too. So yes, I'm ok getting a proctology exam if it means I'm less likely to be strapped to a plane hitting a building at 600 mph. Similarly, I'm ok to have a roll-down car window chat with a Lt. police officer at a DUI checkpoint, rather than hitting an Escalade with Ms. Rieslingbottle at 75 mph on a 35 mph roadway. You see, I don't drink and then drive, which kind of makes it not a problem for me.
JustUs December 21, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I didn't think they would return and answer my questions. Rarely do they ever come back to finish the debate after the proverbial knockout punch is thrown. Oh well. That's how the movie normally ends. So I am not disappointed. I only hoped they learned something ;)
MFriedrich December 21, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Weary is an understatement. If I would decide to flee someplace it would be Andromeda's Delusion Island.
MFriedrich December 21, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Hahahaha JustUs Andromeda... "Why not have mandated random warrantless searches of homes between 8am and 10pm by the police departments but only if the domicile is occupied by a resident at the time the police arrive." Answer: The reason why not is because it's not against the law in most US states to drink and even get drunk in your residence? The law is very different when you insert a vehicle into the equation. Now I don't expect someone like yourself to understand the difference, but you kind of have to discriminate with these hypothetical questions. Here's a tip. When you try to frame an argument around a comparative analogy, first make sure it's about two closely related notions that aren't a continent apart. Otherwise it fails to connect, like yours just did. Come on. Where did YOU run off too. I'm waiting for your witty retort....
JustUs December 21, 2012 at 06:00 AM
That's fine. mfriedrich. Just don't complain when a few gendarmes stand on your front porch notifying you that your home has been selected for a random warrantless search for your safety and for the safety of your neighbors. They will tell you that there has been a rash of illegal contraband and unsafe material horded in homes lately and that your cooperation could potentially save a human life. And as you tell them that you oppose such a search they will brush you aside and enter your home. That is my prediction. You tolerated the DD checkpoints - you got what you wished for - so don't complain. And you never addressed my proposal that instead of checkpoints that the police surveil bars for drunk patrons leaving the establishments and driving away in their cars then getting pulled over. Now that would make sense. The police would actually target the BAD GUYS instead of having to harass 400 GOOD GUYS to catch ONE BAD GUY. But I realize not many people think rationally or logically these days. For whatever reason they just say what makes them FEEL GOOD whether it make any sense or not. My proposal actual is RATIONAL and would capture drunk drivers and save lives without needing to harass even ONE GOOD GUY. What an irrational world we live in. :^)
JustUs December 21, 2012 at 06:13 AM
You're missing the point again, mfriedrich. It's got nothing to do with drinking. It's about infriging on your rights as a US citizen. To enter your home for a warrantless search instead of 'drinking' the excuse would be that there's been a rash of unsafe materials inside homes and in an effort to keep YOU and your neighbors SAFE that a random warrantless search is required. The justification - JUST LIKE WITH DUI CHECKPOINTS is that if only ONE HUMAN LIFE could be saved by warrantless searches of home - IT WOULD ALL BE WORTH IT! I know you understand the point - you simply deny getting it, mfriedrich. You deny it because you know it makes perfect sense and my logic is spot on. Denial never helped anyone, mfriedrich. Nor did it ever solve a problem. Have a nice evening.
JustUs December 21, 2012 at 07:25 AM
As expected. Once again he heads for the exit door. Some questions are just too difficult to field. And some comments are just so darn logical and airtight that it's pert near impossible to attack them without looking foolish. Goodnight, mfriedrich. Hopefully the truth will seep into your unconscious during this evening's sleep and provide you with a wake-up call that can't be denied. Sweet dreams.
Lil-Marty December 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM
You two clowns squack too much. Lil Marty Leisure World
JustUs December 21, 2012 at 07:45 PM
hey Lil-marty, have the cops ever pulled over your three wheeler and made you walk the line or blow into a balloon when you've done nothing wrong? Have some empathy for the innocent who have had their Bill of Rights violated, Lil-Marty. Someday it could happen to you too!
drinkallday partyallnight December 27, 2012 at 06:14 PM
For all you that think its a waste of time with the random check points please visit a local hospital and see the random people that get injured by way of a drunk driver... Now don't get me wrong I'm as guilty as most when Ive had 2=3 beers and drive but I'm a big cab rider after I get my real drink on, trust me you after 4 DUI'S yes 4 I had to learn the hard way folks Its just not worth spending time in the slammer and spending over $68,000 in legal and class fees oh and not to mention those fricking AA classes...... PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE KNUCKLE MONKEY!!!!
Lil-Marty December 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
JustUs, I've been in a police chase on my Rascal! Blow into a ballon? I think you've been drinking some "Marty Juice" this morning. Lil Marty Leisure world
JustUs December 27, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Lil Marty - How did the chase end? Did the throw down the spikes on ya? Or did you bolt? Once I saw a slow speed chase of the cops chasing some clown on a mountain bike. He was giving the helicopter the one finger salute as he rode down the boulevard. I think a police dog finally caught him and bit him on the leg. That was the end of that.
Lil-Marty December 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I got awAy from the fuzz. I have a "souped up Rascal" thanks to my brother Artie! Lil Marty Leisure World
Lil-Marty December 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM
"one human life saved is worth a DUi checkpoint". That has got to be the dumbest thing I ever heard. One? I totally disagree! Lil Marty
arturo short December 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM
marty ...justus musta mistaken the balloon for his justin beiber-blow up doll... that guy is strange!!......& your welcome for the souped up engine...my large frnd matt & i worked hard on your firework -propelled -escape engine!!!!
Lil-Marty December 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Strange isn't the word Artie, these clowns ACTUALLy believe that DUI's are a BIG deal. It's actually funny! Lil Marty Leisure World

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