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Police credit locals for low DUI rate

December 26, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police here credited local residents and other motorists driving through the city Friday, Saturday and Sunday following two DUI checkpoints that netted only three arrests.

Police set up a checkpoint from 8 to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday in the 400 block of Grant Street and checked about 600 vehicles. Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr said no one was found to be driving under the influence at that checkpoint. Those who had been drinking had a designated driver.

Police had a second checkpoint up Saturday night through Sunday morning at Rockwood Avenue and checked about 500 vehicles and found that five drivers had been drinking.

Neujahr said of the five, three were arrested for being under the influence. Each one arrested reportedly had a blood/alcohol level of at least .15. One was booked into the county jail and the two others were released to family.

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Neujahr said motorists who went through the checkpoints deserve credit for "understanding the importance of not drinking and driving."

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