Police: Extremely drunken driver arrested after hit-and-run crash in Monrovia

MONROVIA — A Pasadena woman is accused of having a blood-alcohol level more than three times above the legal limit when she fled the scene of a crash Wednesday, but left a trail for police to follow with her damaged car, officials said.
Police arrested Jennifer Jean Anspach, 36, on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run shortly after the 7:23 p.m. crash on Foothill Boulevard at Violet Avenue, according to Monrovia police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
She was making a left turn from westbound Foothill Boulevard to southbound Violet Avenue in a Nissan Versa when she collided with a Volkswagen Beetle that was eastbound on Foothill Boulevard, Monrovia police Sgt. Dan Verna said.
The crash caused the Volkswagen to spin out of control, ultimately striking a Hyundai Elantra, Verna said. No injuries were reported.
Anspach continued driving south on Violet Avenue following the crash, but left behind one of her tired, he said.
Her bare rim etched a line into the street officers were able to follow until they caught up with the damaged car at Colorado Boulevard, Verna said.
Officers stopped the woman and administered a field sobriety test, he said. Her initial blood-alcohol level was measured at .27 percent, more than three times higher than the legal limit of .08 percent.
According to county booking records, Anspach was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail pending her initial court appearance.

Officials warn against DUI ahead of Super Bowl Sunday

As Super Bowl Sunday fast approaches, area law enforcement agencies are warning football fans not to get behind the wheel after drinking.
Officials throughout the county that comprise an anti-DUI task force known as “Avoid the 100” will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers this weekend, Glendora Police Department Senior Community Service Officer and task force coordinator Wendy Brewer said in a written statement.
“Every regularly scheduled patrol officer working will be watching for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving before, during and after the game,” she said.
“For football fans, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the best days of the year,” Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said. “Have a great time, but please don’t allow the celebration to result in a drunk driving arrest. Act responsibly, designate a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins and leave your car keys at home.”
In Arcadia, police announced extra patrols to hunt for intoxicated drivers Friday and Sunday.
Monrovia police will also be out in force Sunday carrying out “DUI saturation patrols,” Monrovia police said in a written statement.
“This is a zero tolerance crackdown, so drive sober or get pulled over,” Monrovia police Sgt. Daniel Verna said.
Funding for the task force is bring provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sheriff’s checkpoint scheduled Friday night in Pico Rivera

PICO RIVERA — Deputies are planning to check motorists for sobriety and valid drivers’ licenses during a checkpoint Friday.
The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Well-publicized checkpoints have been shows to decrease alcohol-related crashes by an average of 20 percent, officials 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.

Glendora man accused of DUI after crash damages home


GLENDORA — A man is accused of drunken driving after crashing a pickup truck and damaging the front of a Glendora home, authorities said.
The crash took place just before 2 a.m. in the 200 block of West Bennett Avenue, Glendora police Lt. Matt Williams said.
Daniel Barron, 32, was allegedly drunk when he crashed his pickup truck through the fence of a home, damaging brick work and toppling a tree over onto the residence, the lieutenant said.
The home’s porch and exterior were damage, and a window was smashed, according to police and video footage of the aftermath posted by the homeowner on YouTube.com.
“Some nice but over served gentlemen decided to redo the front of our home,” read a caption the accompanied the video.
Barron’s passenger, a 27-year-old Fontana man, was also arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, Williams said.
Both men were released later in the day with court dates, records show.
No injuries were reported.

Police plan checkpoint in El Monte

EL MONTE — Police are planning to hold a checkpoint this weekend to screen motorists for sobriety and valid drivers’ licenses.
The checkpoint is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. the following morning at an undisclosed location within the city, El Monte police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, DUI drivers are blames for 66 injury crashes, harming 98 people, according to the police statement.
The checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Families, protesters angered over arrests at Baldwin Park checkpoint


Immigrant rights activists and upset family members gathered Sunday in Baldwin Park to express outrage over the arrests of 37 people during an overnight sobriety and drivers’ license checkpoints.
Dozens of demonstrators, some carrying signs with slogans such as “driving is not a crime,” demanded answers from Baldwin Park police over what they called a round-up of undocumented immigrants.
But police said the arrests were the result of recent changes in policies regarding what types of identification the court will accept when police issue a misdemeanor citation, such as one for driving without a license. And officials maintained that such checkpoints are a valuable took in combatting intoxicated driving.
Tearful children were taken into the custody of county officials as parents were arrested during the checkpoint, said Debbie Leance, a volunteer with Inland Empire Rapid Response Network. The majority, she said, were arrested only for driving without a license. One video shot by the demonstrators depicted a girl crying while explaining that the police were taking her mother away, “Because she’s not from here.”
“It’s such a large roundup. It’s unprecedented,” Leance said. It’s so unnecessary. That seems like a federal agenda.”
Activists and family members of those arrested waited outside the police station for them to go through the booking process and be released from custody.
Baldwin Park police Captain David Reynoso said 37 drivers were arrested at the checkpoint “for a variety of reasons, including DUI.”
Three drivers were arrested for intoxicated driving during the checkpoint, and three others were arrested for other DUI-related offenses, such as driving without a court-ordered ignition interlock device.
A full tally of the booking charges from the checkpoint was not available Sunday, he said.
The checkpoints were held between 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, the captain said. Officers first set up a checkpoint at Los Angeles and Littlejohn streets before moving it later in the night to Ramona Boulevard and Barnes Avenue.
“The checkpoint was properly posted,” Reynoso said, adding that advance notice was given.
Those arrested for driving without a license also had no valid identification with them, Reynoso said.
Changes in the types of identification being accepted by the West Covina Superior Court in recent months mean officers are no longer able to accept some forms of identification, such as Matricula Consular identification, when issuing misdemeanor citations, Reynoso said.
As a result, when officers encounter unlicensed drivers who do not have valid identification, police must take them to arrest them and book them at police station in order to confirm their identities before issuing a citation.
A checkpoint held by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in nearby La Puente on the night of Dec. 21 and 22 netted 78 arrests, 56 of them for driving without a valid license, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
But a checkpoint held by Arcadia police late Saturday and early Sunday resulted in three DUI arrests, six citations for driving without a valid license and three one-day vehicle impounds, according to Arcadia police Traffic Sgt. Brett Bourgeous.
While driving is not a crime, as protest signs stated, “Driving without a license is against the law,” Reynoso said.
“The whole purpose for this checkpoint is public safety,” Reynoso said. “We understand that this could create a hardship, but it only takes one impaired driver to change a family’s life forever.
Ivan Gonzales, 25, of Baldwin Park said his girlfriend was crying and shaking when taken to hail in handcuffs for failing to have a valid drivers license and identification.
“She’s never been arrested. Not even a ticket,” he said.
Fourteen hours after her arrest, Gonzalez said neither he nor his girlfriend’s family had heard from her as they continued awaiting her release.
Justice for Immigrants Coalition legal coordinator J. Daniel Guzman said police failed to release some vehicles to licensed drivers with the owners’ permission at the checkpoint, as mandated by a state law that took effect in 2012.
But Reynoso said officers released 12 cars that were being driven by unlicensed drivers to other drivers who with valid licenses.
Despite the new law regarding police impounds at checkpoints, a separate law governs vehicle impounds in cases in which the driver is arrested, Reynoso said.

Holiday DUI crackdown nets 1,520 arrests so far; checkpoints to continue throughout L.A. County

A multi-agency task force taking part in a holiday season crackdown on intoxicated driving has arrested 1,520 people for DUI during the first 13 days of the ongoing campaign, authorities said.
The number of arrests between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 13 and 11:59 p.m. Wednesday rose about 7 percent from the same time period in 2012, when 1,425 DUI arrests were reported by the Avoid the 100 Task Force, task force coordinator and Glendora police Senior Community Service Officer Wendy Brewer said in a written statement.
Police agencies, sheriff’s stations and California Highway Patrol offices will continue their county-wide crackdown through Jan. 1, Brewer explained.
Checkpoints were planned Friday by El Monte police, La Habra police, the sheriff’s Industry Station, tentatively the Pasadena police and others, Brewer said.
Checkpoints were planned Saturday night by Arcadia, San Gabriel, Whittier El Monte an Long Beach police, as well as the sheriff’s San Dimas Station and others.
The CHP will engage in a “maximum enforcement period” beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and running through New Year’s Day. the end of the crackdown at midnight, Brewer said.
During the maximum enforcement period, “The CHP will deploying all available officers,” Brewer said. “Additionally, all regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.”
As always, anyone who sees an impaired driver on the road is encouraged to call 9-1-1.

More than 70 arrested at La Puente checkpoint

LA PUENTE — Deputies arrested one person for intoxicated driving and 72 other for other suspected crimes during a checkpoint late Saturday and early Sunday, officials said.
The checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday on Hacienda Boulevard, just north of Nelson Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Of the 2,220 vehicle that passed through the checkpoint, 2,035 of the drivers were screened by deputies.
One driver was arrested for driving under the influence of methamphetamine during the checkpoint, according to the statement.
Additionally, one person was accused of drug possession; two people were arrested for knowingly allowing an unlicensed driver to drive; one person was arrested for a parole violation; three people were jailed on outstanding traffic warrants; 14 people were suspected of driving on a suspended or revoked license; and 56 people were accused of driving without a license, officials said.
Deputies released 45 vehicles to licensed drivers at the checkpoint, officials added. Eighteen cars were impounded for one day, and seven cars were impounded for 30 days.
Funding for the checkpoint was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Anti-DUI task force nets 926 arrests in L.A. County so far, crackdown continues

A Los Angeles County anti-DUI task force racked up 926 arrests for intoxicated driving during the first eight days of its holiday crackdown, officials said.
The number of drivers arrested between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 13 and 11:59 p.m. Friday by the multi-agency “Avoid the 100” task force grew 9 percent over the same time period last year, when 846 DUI arrests had been made, Avoid the 100 coordinator and Glendora police Senior Community Service Officer Wendy Brewer said in a written statement.
The task force, which gets its name from the roughly 100 law enforcement agencies and stations participating, will continue its additional anti-DUI enforcement campaign through Jan. 1.

Police checkpoints planned Saturday in Arcadia, El Monte

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY — Police are planning checkpoints in Arcadia and El Monte Saturday as authorities throughout the region continue an ongoing holiday season crackdown on intoxicated driving.
Arcadia police plan to hold a sobriety and drivers’ license checkpoint during the evening hours at an undisclosed location within the city, according to Arcadia police Traffic Sergeant Brett Bourgeous.
El Monte police are also planning a checkpoint from 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, El Monte police said in a written statement.
Funding for the checkpoints is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.