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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CHP plans checkpoint near Covina this weekend

COVINA >> California Highway Patrol officers are planning a sobriety checkpoint this weekend near Covina, authorities said.
The checkpoint will be begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location in the unincorporated county area adjacent to Covina, CHP officials said in a written statement.
The checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Sheriff’s checkpoint planned this weekend in Pico Rivera

PICO RIVERA — Deputies plan to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint late Friday into early Saturday, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
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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Pasadena police plan checkpoint this weekend

PASADENA >> Police will check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint this weekend.
The checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pasadena, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 4 lives and resulted in 70 injury crashes harming 95 of our friends and neighbors,” Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
The department’s last checkpoint was held late March 14 into March 15, the night of St. Patrick’s Day.
During that checkpoint, police administered field sobriety tests to 24 drivers, arresting seven on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Hettema said. Nine drivers were cited for driving without licenses, and one driver was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Six cars were impounded.
Pasadena police held another checkpoint late Feb. 21 into Feb. 22.
In that case, police arrested five drivers on suspicion of DUI and one person due to outstanding warrants, Hettema said.
Twelve drivers were cited for driving without licenses during the February checkpoint, and two were cited for driving on suspended licenses, Hettema said. Two vehicles were impounded.
The checkpoints are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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56 arrested at La Puente checkpoint

LA PUENTE >> A sheriff’s checkpoint held in La Puente over the weekend resulted in 56 arrests, including one for drunken driving and 41 for motorists driving without valid licenses, officials said Sunday.
The checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at Hacienda Boulevard and Temple Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Of 2,481 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, deputies screened 1,958 of the drivers.
One person was jailed on suspicion of drunken driving and one person was arrested for drug possession, officials said. One driver was arrested due to an outstanding traffic warrant, and 12 drivers were arrested for driving on a revoked or suspended license.
Forty-one motorists were arrested and sent to court for driving without licenses, according to the sheriff’s statement.
Deputies impounded five vehicles for 30 days, and 13 vehicles were stored for one day, officials said. Thirty-five cars were released to licensed drivers under checkpoint procedures.

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