Police checkpoint planned Friday in Whittier

WHITTIER — Police are planning to check drivers for sobriety and valid driver’s licenses during a checkpoint late Friday.
The checkpoint will be held from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Whittier, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, four people have died and 167 people have been injured in DUI-related crashed in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs, Sgt. Rob Hanson said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Six DUI suspects arrested at Norwalk checkpoint

NORWALK — Sheriff’s deputies arrested six allegedly impaired drivers during a checkpoint in Norwalk late Saturday.
The sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint was held from 6 p.m. to midnight on eastbound Alondra Boulevard, just east of Studebaker Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Three drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, two were jailed on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and one driver is accused of driving while impaired by both, according to the sheriff’s department statement.
Another two drivers were also arrested for driving without court-ordered ignition interlock devices, authorities said.
Deputies cited 21 unlicensed drivers and three drivers who had suspended or revoked licenses.
Twenty vehicles were impounded for one day, three vehicles were impounded for 30 days and 10 vehicles were released at the checkpoint, “per checkpoint release procedures,” the sheriff’s department statement said.

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Woman suspected of DUI after crash that critically injured passenger in El Monte

Police suspected drunken driving in connection with a crash that left a man critically injured early Saturday in El Monte, authorities said.
The two-vehicle smash-up took place about 2:30 a.m. at Valley Mall and Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte police Lt. Ben Lowry said.
Initial investigation indicated a Scion being driven by an allegedly intoxicated woman ran through a red light, colliding in the intersection with a Toyota SUV, the lieutenant said.
The driver of the Scion, whose name was not available pending medical treatment and booking, suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening in the crash, Lowry said. Her passenger, described only as a man, was critically injured.
It’s an ongoing investigation, but drunk driving is suspected,” Lowry said.
A woman who was driving the Toyota SUV complained of pain, but was not believed to have suffered major injuries, Lowey said.
The intersection remained shut down until about 8 a.m. as police investigated the scene.

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Police plan checkpoint in Whittier

WHITTIER — Police are planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint late Saturday, officials said.
The checkpoint will take place from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location within Whittier, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years in the cities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs, DUI collisions have claimed four lives and resulted in 119 injury crashes harming 167 of our friends and neighbors,” Sgt. Rob Hanson said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Azusa police cracking down on DUI this month

AZUSA >> Police will be out in force in Azusa this month hunting for intoxicated drivers, with eight nights of special saturation patrols planned before the month’s end, authorities said.
“DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on eight nights this month between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collision and/or arrests,” Azusa police Lt. Paul Dennis said in a written statement.
“Ensuring our city roadways are safe for our commuters is a high priority for the police department,” Police Chief Sam Gonzalez said. “This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown so drive sober or get pulled over.”
Two people have died and 47 more were injured in DUI-related crashes in Azusa between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2012, police said.
Funding for the crackdown is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Four arrested during Alhambra police checkpoint

ALHAMBRA >> Police arrested two people on suspicion of intoxicated driving and another two on outstanding warrants during a checkpoint late Saturday and early Sunday, officials said.
The checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday at Atlantic Boulevard and Beacon Street, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
In addition to the four arrests, police issued 38 citations for various violations, Sgt. Tai Seki said.
Additional statistics, such as data regarding vehicle impounds and the total number of vehicles screened during the checkpoint, were not available Sunday, Seki said.

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UPDATED: Ferrari driver killed, Hyundai driver badly hurt and accused of drunken driving following crash

MONTEREY PARK >> A man driving a Ferrari died and his passenger was critically injured, while the driver of a Hyundai sedan also suffered major injuries and was suspected of drunken driving following an early-morning crash at a major Monterey Park intersection, authorities said.
Fu Duan, 21, of Temple City died in the crash, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Joe Bale said.
0504_NWS_PSN-Z-FATAL1Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene of the crash, which took shortly after 2 a.m. at Garvey and New avenues.
A passenger in the mangled Ferrari 458 Italia was hospitalized in critical condition, Montebello police Sgt. Brent Archibald said. A description of the passenger was not available.
The driver of a Hyundai Accent that collided with the Ferrari was also hospitalized in critical condition, and suspected of drunken driving.
“We do suspect that alcohol is involved,” Archibald said.
The driver, 28-year-old Omar Placencia of Los Angeles, was expected to be booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, Lt. Eric Kim said.
He was the only person inside the Hyundai.
The cars collided in the intersection as the Ferrari was southbound on New Avenue and the Hyundai was westbound on Garvey Avenue, “The (Hyundai) collided into the driver-side of the Ferrari, fatally injuring the driver,” Archibald said.
Officers had not yet determined which vehicle had the green light, he said. The speed at which the cars were traveling when they crashed was also under investigation.
The Ferrari “appears to be new,” Archibald said, adding that it was not yet fitted with permanent license plates.
The luxury sports cars’ starting price is around $230,000
The front end of the luxury sports car was sheared of in the crash.
0504_NWS_PSN-Z-FATAL3Coroner’s officials planned to perform an autopsy on Duan and look into whether he had any substances in his system at the time of the crash.
Neighbors living near the crash scene said they’d seen the white Ferrari speeding around the area in recent days.
Erica Olson, 44, said she’s seen the sports car driving at high speeds three times in the previous week.
“It’s just been zooming around,” she said. “It was doing 70 mph on New (Avenue). It was going so fast, I couldn’t tell who was driving it.”
“I pray for the victims,” Olson added.
Neighbor Lee McClure said saw noticed the Ferrari for the first time Friday afternoon as it was speeding along Egley Avenue in front of Arlene Bitely Elementary School. “I haven’t seen it before,” he said.
The intersection remained shut down through 2 p.m. as officials took measurements, collected evidence and examined the scene of the fatal collision.

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Officials to crack down on DUI over Cino de Mayo weekend

LOS ANGELES COUNTY — Law enforcement officers throughout the region are planning to crack down on intoxicated drivers this Cinco de Mayo weekend.
A collection of Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies that make up the “Avoid the 100” anti-DUI task force are planning “saturation patrols” to hunt for drunken drivers, task force coordinator and Glendora police Senior Community Service Officer Wendy Brewer said.
“With alcohol such a big part of many people’s Cinco de Mayo festivities, it’s no surprise that drunk driving is especially high on May 5,” Brewer said.
“It is a tragedy that 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in our nation in 2012, but the worst part is that these deaths were 100 percent preventable,” Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said. “Death and injury are the worst consequences for driving drunk but one arrest for DUI can also cost you in upwards of $10,000 in addition to jail time and loss of your driving privilege.”
Police in Arcadia and Pasadena are also among agencies that have announced plans to target DUI drivers with additional patrols this weekend.
Alhambra police are planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday at Atlantic Boulevard and Beacon Street, according to Alhambra police Lt. Jennifer Wiese.
“Over the course of the past three years, 28 DUI-related collisions in Alhambra have claimed one life and injured an additional 39 of our friends and neighbors,” Wiese said.
Funding for all of the operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Santa Fe Springs police checkpoint cut short due to rain

SANTA FE SPRINGS — A planned sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in Santa Fe Springs was cut short over the weekend due to safety concerns created by rainfall, authorities said.
The checkpoint, which began about 8 p.m. Friday night along Florence Avenue just west of Pioneer Boulevard, was originally scheduled to continue for about six hours, Whittier police officials said.
But officers dismantled the checkpoint after about two hours due to the rain and increased safety risk it brought with it, Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
Police screened 665 motorists during the checkpoint and cited four for driving without a license, Ellis said. Three drivers were given field sobriety tests, however none were arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving.
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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Police plan checkpoint this weekend in Santa Fe Springs

SANTA FE SPRINGS — The Whittier Police Department is planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint late Friday in Santa Fe Springs, authorities said.
The checkpoint will take place from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Santa Fe Springs, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years in the cities of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs, DUI collisions have claimed 4 lives and resulted in 119 injury crashes harming 167 of our friends and neighbors,” Sgt. Rob Hanson said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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