Suspected Drunken Driver Crashes Near DUI Checkpoint

The checkpoint was staffed Saturday on Highway 111, west of Deep Canyon Road.

This article has been modified to include information on a checkpoint in La Quinta.

While staffing a checkpoint in Palm Desert over the weekend, sheriff's deputies heard a crash and saw a motorist run away but they caught and arrested the driver for suspected DUI.

The checkpoint was staffed between 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday, on Highway 111, west of Deep Canyon Road, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Adams.

As deputies screened vehicles and their occupants, the crash occurred not far from the checkpoint and they caught a suspect, the sergeant said.

The motorist was also to be booked for driving with a license suspended for a previous DUI conviction and running from the scene of a traffic crash.

Of 805 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, 563 of those were screened and four drivers were arrested for suspected DUI with alcohol or drugs, Adams wrote in a news release.

Eight other drivers were arrested for alleged driver license violations and six vehicles were impounded, the sergeant said.

Further down Highway 111 -- at Adams Street -- sheriff's deputies arrested four motorists for alleged DUI with alcohol and another four for allegedly driving with suspended or no licenses.

A 10th person was arrested on suspicion of other criminal charges.

And nine tickets were issued, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Don Olson reported.



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