California motorists may not be particularly shocked to learn that police officers often cruise the streets looking for drunk drivers. What may be surprising is how many drunk driving arrests are potentially made by officers every year. One San Marcos deputy, for example, took 101 individuals into custody for drunk driving in 2014 alone.
California Highway Patrol officers were forced to think quickly in the early morning hours of March 27 when they came across a stationary car in the middle of a busy San Diego County freeway. The 25-year-old woman behind the wheel was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. She was later transferred to a detention facility in Santee.
A California man from Sunnyvale with one prior DUI conviction now faces 47 years and six months in prison after another drunk driving incident killed three out of four other people involved in a 2013 accident. The defense argued that the accident constituted manslaughter and not the three counts of second-degree murder the driver was charged with, but this argument did not work in court when the man was sentenced on March 13.
The California Highway Patrol say that a pileup allegedly caused by a suspected drunk driver and a disabled vehicle on Interstate 580 in Oakland resulted in the death of a man. According to reports, the accident happened around 11:20 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the highway on Nov. 24.
Police in California took a 32-year-old Vacaville woman into custody on Nov. 8 after an accident that they say occurred because the woman had allegedly been using drugs before getting behind the wheel of her vehicle. Police said that at about 8:30 p.m., the woman entered the eastbound side of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge traveling west.
A 25-year-old California man was accused of killing a Ventura County Sheriff's deputy in a drunk driving accident that took place on Oct. 28. Authorities say the accused man was driving a Honda along northbound Highway 101 at around 1:15 a.m. when he fatally struck a 41-year-old sheriff's deputy who was finishing a traffic stop.
A fatal car accident that occurred in Morgan Hill Aug. 30 may have been the result of drunk driving, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident happened around 12:55 a.m. on northbound Santa Teresa Boulevard. According to reports, a 24-year-old San Martin man was driving along the boulevard when the car that he was driving crashed into a Jeep being driven by a 34-year-old Morgan Hill man.
A California man received the maximum sentence for killing two Caltrans workers in a drunk driving accident. The 25-year-old man was sentenced to spend 34 years to life in state prison as a result of an accident that happened on July 22, 2012. According to reports, the accused man had one prior DUI conviction on his record.
All available California Highway Patrol officers will be on duty this Memorial Day weekend in a statewide crackdown on impaired driving. Local law enforcement agencies throughout the state will also be out in full force over the holiday weekend, so be sure to plan ahead for a sober ride if your plans for celebration involve alcohol. The Maximum Enforcement Period is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 23, and will wrap up at midnight on Monday, May 26.