3 DUI suspects jailed during Whittier checkpoint


WHITTIER >> Police in Whittier arrested three suspected drunken drivers during a checkpoint late Friday into early Saturday, officials said.
The checkpoint was held along Colima Road, just south of Whittier Boulevard, according to Whittier police Sgt. David Elizarraras.
“Three motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and one other for outstanding warrants,” he said in a written statement.
Eight other drivers were arrested and released on citations for driving without valid licenses, or driving on suspended or revoked licenses, he added.

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Police to hold checkpoint in Whittier Friday night

WHITTIER >> Police are planning to screen drivers for sobriety and licenses during a checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Whittier, Whittier police Sgt. David Elizarraras said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, 327 DUI-related crashes in Whittier have claimed four lives and caused another 148 injuries, the sergeant 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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Driver jailed for DUI, hit-and-run after striking pedestrians, another vehicle in Alhambra

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ALHAMBRA >> An alleged drunken driver struck a woman and a 3-year-old girl with his car along Main Street in Alhambra, sending the girl to an intensive care unit, before fleeing the scene and crashing into another car late Friday, police said.
Abundio Flores-Ramon, 21, of El Monte was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI 0807_NWS_PSN-L-HITANDRUN2and felony hit-and-run following the collisions, which took place about 8:45 p.m., according to Alhambra police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The woman and the young girl were crossing Main Street at 4th Street when Flores-Ramon struck them with his car and fled the scene, Cpl. Tim Diller said.
Flores-Ramon continued driving east, where he struck another car at Main Street and Garfield Avenue, the corporal said.
The suspect’s car came to a stop at Garfield Avenue, where Flores-Ramon was taken into custody.
A total of five people, including the suspect, were treated for injuries following the collisions, police said.
The little girl remained in an intensive care unit early Saturday morning, Diller said.
In a written statement, police described the 3-year-old girls condition Saturday afternoon as “serious but stable.”
The woman who was struck along with her had been released from the hospital.
The conditions of the other two people injured from the vehicle struck by the fleeing suspect were not clear.
Flores-Ramon was booked at the Alhambra Police Department’s jail after being treated for his injuries, records show.
He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

PHOTOS of crash scene (above) and suspect Abundio Flores-Ramon (below) courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department.

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La Habra checkpoint nets one DUI arrest


LA HABRA >> Police made one DUI arrest during a sobriety and driver license checkpoint in La Habra Friday night, officials said.
One driver is accused of driving under the influence of marijuana following the checkpoint, which was held from 10 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday along southbound Beach Boulevard, approaching La Habra Boulevard, La Habra police Lt. Clint Angle said.
A total of 599 cars passed through the checkpoint, he said. Twenty-two of them were singled out for secondary screening.
In addition to the DUI arrest, one person was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, the lieutenant said.
Police cited five drivers for driving without licenses, and one driver for driving on a suspended license, Angle said.
The vehicles belonging to the alleged DUI driver and the driver with a suspended license were impounded, he added.

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Police plan *Saturday night checkpoint in San Gabriel

SAN GABRIEL >> Police in San Gabriel are planning a checkpoint Saturday night to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location within the city, San Gabriel police officials said in a written statement.
San Gabriel officers have investigated 69 DUI-related collisions, claiming one life and resulting in another 38 injuries, over the past three years, officials said.
Funding fro 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 in Whittier, elsewhere, to seek out DUI drivers over holiday weekend

WHITTIER >> Police in Whittier have joined a chorus of their colleagues in law enforcement throughout the region, and the nation, in cautioning residents not to drive under the influence while celebrating Independence Day this weekend.
“Unfortunately for many, the celebration frequently includes drinking alcohol, which toon often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily travelled holidays of the year,” Whittier police Sgt. David Elizarraras said in a written statement.
An average of six people are killed and another 110 are seriously injured in crashes each year in California over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the sergeant said.
Whittier police, and other law enforcement agencies, are planning extra patrols to hunt out intoxicated drivers over the weekend.
Anyone who sees a drunken driver on the road is encouraged to report it by calling 911.
Funding for the Whittier police enforcement campaign 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 to hold checkpoint in El Monte this weekend


EL MONTE >> El Monte police are planning a checkpoint Saturday night, as well as extra patrols throughout Memorial Day weekend to hunt for impaired drivers, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday at Valley Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue, Sgt. Jimmie Pitts of the El Monte Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau
Extra officers will be on the lookout for DUI drivers throughout the weekend in El Monte, as well as in other area jurisdictions, including freeways, police said in a written statement.
Funding for this weekends campaign 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 to hold checkpoint in Pasadena Friday night

PASADENA >> Pasadena police are planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint Friday night, officials 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.
In Pasadena, police have responded to 76 DUI-related crashes resulting in four deaths and 112 injuries over the past three years, 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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23 arrests made during Whittier checkpoint


WHITTIER >> Police arrested one alleged drunken driver, as well a 22 others during a an overnight checkpoint in Whittier, officials said Saturday.
The checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. Friday to into the early-morning hours Saturday along Mulberry Drive, just east of Santa Fe Springs Road, Whittier police Sgt. David Elizarraras said in a written statement.
In addition to the drunken driver, police arrested and released with citations for driving without licenses or with suspended or revoked licenses, he said. Two of those people were also arrested for outstanding warrants.
Police impounded seven vehicles during the checkpoint, officials said.

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Glendale woman sentenced for DUI crash that killed Whittier man in Pico Rivera

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PICO RIVERA >> A Glendale woman who triggered a fatal crash when she drove through a red light in Pico Rivera while drunk has begun serving a six-year prison term for the crime, officials said Wednesday.
Christine Vahe Mesdjian, 28, pleaded “no contest” to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated during a pretrial hearing on Thursday in the Norwalk branch of Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
“She was immediately sentenced to six years in state prison,” Ardalani said.
An additional count of felony DUI was dismissed in connection with the Feb. 15, 2015, three-vehicle crash that claimed the life of David Andrew Jaramillo, 59, of Whittier.
Mesdjian initially told investigators she fell asleep at the wheel prior to the crash, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Jose Marquez said. But skid marks created in the street prior to the collision contradicted her story, he said.
Mesdjian was driving a Toyota pickup truck north along Paramount Boulevard about 8 p.m. when she blew through a red light and hit the passenger side of a Toyota Scion heading east on Slauson Avenue, according to Marquez.
The force of the collision pushed the Scion into a Toyota Camry heading west on Slauson Avenue.
Jaramillo, who was driving the Scion, died at the scene.
Mesdjian and three people inside the camera were treated for injuries as well, officials said.
Deputies did not arrest Mesdjian the night of the crash, but ultimately turned over the findings of their investigation to prosecutors, who obtained an arrest warrant for Mesdjian in late June of 2015. She turned herself in to authorities June 30.

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