Police to hold checkpoint in Whittier this weekend

WHITTIER >> Police officers are planning to set up a checkpoint in Whittier Friday night to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed spot within the city, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, Whittier police have handled 327 DUI-related crashes, resulting in four deaths and 148 injures, police said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Police checkpoint planned in La Habra

LA HABRA >> Police are planning to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint in La Habra next week, officials said.
The checkpoint will take place from 9 p.m. April 15 to 3 a.m. April 16 at an undisclosed location within the city, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years alone, La Habra police have investigated 146 DUI-related crashes, which resulted in two deaths and 84 injuries, police said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Four DUI suspects arrested during Montebello checkpoint

MONTEBELLO >> Four suspected drunken drivers found themselves behind bars following an overnight police checkpoint in Montebello, officials said Sunday.
The checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of South Greenwood Avenue, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
More than 2,000 cars passed through the checkpoint.
Police jailed four drivers on suspicion of DUI, and eight people on suspicion of other crimes, according to the statement.
Officers also issued 27 tickets for those driving without licenses and with suspended or revoked licenses.
Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Colton man accused of DUI after crashing into stopped CHP vehicle in Santa Fe Springs

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SANTA FE SPRINGS >> A Colton man is accused of drunken driving after crashing his Cadillac into a California Highway Patrol SUV as officers were assisting a family in a disabled car along the 605 Freeway in Santa Fe Springs early Sunday, authorities said.
One CHP officers suffered minor injuries in the crash, which took place just after 1:50 a.m. on the right shoulder of the northbound 605 Freeway, just north of Telegraph Road, Officer B. Axt of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs area office said in a written statement.
Clarence Williams, 38, is suspected of DUI in connection with the crash, according to the CHP.
Two officers were helping two women, ages 45 and 21, and two children after their 2012 Jeep broke down, CHP Officer Monica Posada said.
“Williams drove his (1998 Cadillac Seville) onto the right shoulder, subsequently colliding with the rear of the CHP unit,” Axt said. “This propelled the CHP unit forward, colliding with the disabled vehicle.
“The disabled vehicle then struck one of the CHP officers, causing minor injuries as he was thrown to the ground,” Axt continued.
The woman and children inside the Jeep suffered no injuries, thanks, in part, to the use of seat belts, officials said.
Officials issued a Sig Alert for about one hour affecting the two right-hand lanes of the northbound 605 Freeway as they investigated the scene.

PHOTO courtesy of the CHP.

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San Bernardino woman in bizarre, viral Rowland Heights car crash video sought after skipping court


ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> A San Bernardino woman accused of abandoning a stolen car while high on drugs, allowing it to roll downhill and into opposing traffic in a bizarre Rowland Heights crash captured on a viral dashcam video, is now a fugitive after skipping out on her court date last month, officials said.
Jasmin Lacey, 23, faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs, hit-and-run with a runaway car, auto theft, taking a car without the owner’s consent and driving without a valid license in connection with the Sept. 1 crash along Harbor Boulevard, between Vantage Point Drive and Pathfinder Road, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
But Lacey failed to appear for a Feb. 10 arraignment hearing scheduled in the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s West Covina branch, she said.
“A bench warrant was issued for her arrest,” Ardalani said.
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The strange series of events, which resulted in no injuries, was captured on another driver’s dashcam. The video, posted on YouTube, has since garnered more than 4.9 million views.
In the video, the driver of a 2010 Hyundai Sonata — later identified as Lacey — suddenly slams on the car’s brakes, bring the car to a halt, and exits the vehicle. The driver then walks down the center median with a casual stride as the abandoned Hyundai rolls downhill and across opposing traffic lanes.
California Highway Patrol officials said the car struck an SUV. A second SUV also became tangled in the wreck before the Hyundai ultimately struck two trees and came to a stop.
After being found in the area, Lacey appeared extremely intoxicated and provided no explanation for her alleged actions, CHP Officer Armando Perdomo said at the time.
She was initially arrested, but released from custody pending further investigation as officials awaited the results of blood tests, according to Perdomo and Los Angeles County booking records.
Prosecutors filed charges Feb. 5, records show.
The two auto theft-related crimes Lacey is charged with are felonies, Ardalani said. The three additional charges of hit-and-run, DUI and driving without a license are misdemeanors.

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No arrests made at Whittier DUI checkpoint, 17 cited

WHITTIER >> Police screened 1,394 drivers, but made no arrests during an overnight checkpoint late Friday and early Saturday, officials said.
The checkpoint was held from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. on Washington Boulevard, just west of Lambert Road, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
Three drivers were given sobriety tests, but none were ultimately arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving, the lieutenant said.
Officers issued 13 tickets to unlicensed drivers, and another four to people driving on suspended licenses, Ellis said.

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Checkpoint planned in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police officers are planning to hold a checkpoint Friday night in Pasadena, authorities said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years alone, Pasadena police investigated 119 DUI collisions, resulting in five deaths and 114 injuries, police added.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Police plan checkpoint in Whittier Friday night

WHITTIER >> Police in Whittier will screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint late Friday and early Saturday, officials said.
The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, (Whittier Police Department) officers have investigated 327 DUI collisions which have claimed four lives and resulted in another 148 injuries,” according to the statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Alleged drunken driver arrested after pursuit, crash along Walnut-Pomona border


POMONA >> Deputies and police arrested an alleged drunken driver who led a deputy on a chase from Walnut to Pomona before crashing his pickup truck into another car and fleeing the scene, authorities said.
The incident began about 6:20 p.m. when a deputy tried to pull over a suspected drunken driver in a Dodge pickup truck in the area of Temple and Bonita avenues, near Mt. San Antonio College, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Joseph Badali said.
The driver refused to pull over, leading the deputy on a short chase before colliding with another car along Temple Avenue, just west of Valley Boulevard, just across the city border in Pomona, the lieutenant said.
Deputies called of the pursuit following the collision, he said. At least one person inside the car struck by the fleeing suspect was hurt, though the injuries were not believed to be serious.
Badali said the drunken driver then continued driving and parked his truck at a nearby gas station. The suspect was apprehended nearby on foot.
He was booked on suspicion of drunken driving, evading police and hit-and-run, Badali said.
Investigators at the crash scene took measurements around a sedan spun the wrong way in eastbound lanes of Temple Avenue with significant damage toward the rear end.
The suspect’s name was not available Wednesday as he was taken to a hospital for examination prior to booking, he said.

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Police to hold DUI checkpoint in Covina Saturday night

COVINA >> Police are will screen drivers for sobriety during an overnight checkpoint in Covina Saturday night, officials said.
It will be held from 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location within the city, Covina police officials said in written statement.
The checkpoint is dedicated to the memory of 22-year-old Dustin Ray Travis-Plummer, who was killed by a drunk driver on Dec. 15, 2006, on the 210 Freeway near his home in Rancho Cucamonga, police said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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