5 arrested, 24 cited in La Mirada sheriff’s checkpoint

LA MIRADA — Sheriff’s deputies arrested three drivers on suspicion of DUI and two people who had outstanding warrants during a checkpoint over the weekend, officials said.
The checkpoint also netted 24 citations, and 17 vehicles were towed, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Josie Woolum said.
Twenty-one drivers were issued tickets for vehicle code violations, the lieutenant said.
“Three additional drivers were cited for marijuana charges after a narcotics dog located the contraband in their vehicles,” she said.
A total of 1,820 cars passed through the checkpoint, which was set up about 7 p.m. Saturday at Imperial Highway and Valley View Avenue, officials said. Eighty-five drivers were screened.
Of seven drivers examined for possible intoxication, three were ultimately jailed on suspicion of DUI, Woolum said.
Two additional people were arrested due to outstanding arrest warrants, she added.
Of the 17 vehicles towed, it was not clear how many were being held for impound.
The checkpoint was funded by grants through the California Office of Traffic Safety.
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