DUI checkpoint in Fallbrook results in 5 arrests, 20 citations

Officers from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. and California Highway Patrol joined together to conduct a DUI checkpoint as part of the Operation Safe Streets program last night, Friday, Jan. 3 in Fallbrook. The cooperative effort resulted in 5 people being arrested and taken into custody.

The charges against those arrested included:

*Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol

*Driving under the influence of a controlled substance

*Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute

*Outstanding felony warrant.

In addition, officers issued 20 citations. Ten of those were issued to individuals who were driving without a license, four for driving on a suspended license, two for driving without having their license in possession, and four for knowingly allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle.

The checkpoint was held at South Mission Road at Pepper Tree Lane from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Officers said 433 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 47 of those were sent to a secondary check for additional investigation and/or the issuance of a citation. A total of 10 drivers were given field sobriety tests.

32 Responses to "DUI checkpoint in Fallbrook results in 5 arrests, 20 citations"

  1. Pink   January 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Good. Sounds like it was worth the effort.

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  2. Paul   January 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Uh, Debbie, if, as you state, "33 vehicles passed through the checkpoint," how could "47 of those" (47 out of 33?) be sent to a secondary check? Did you mean that 47 "others" were sent to a secondary check? Got a proofreader there?

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  3. Dan   January 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

    "Officers said 33 vehicles passed through the checkpoint an 47 of those were sent to a secondary check…"?

    I don’t think the officers really said that.

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  4. Proofreeder?   January 4, 2014 at 10:47 am

    33 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 47 of those…

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  5. Concerned Citizen   January 4, 2014 at 10:50 am

    33 vehicles passed through the checkpoint…

    Ten of those were issued to individuals who were driving without a license, four for driving on a suspended license, two for driving without having their license in possession, and four for knowingly allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle.

    So out of 33 vehicles they issued 20 citations? Can they do this every night?

    How do you issue a citation to somebody without a license? Were the cars impounded? Why not?

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  6. jas1039   January 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Do you guys read what you write? You say that 33 vehicles went through the checkpoint, and 47 of those were sent to a secondary checkpoint. Are you suggesting that some of the vehicles were sent to the secondary checkpoint more than once?

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  7. Rusty   January 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    33 vehicles passed through and 47 were taken to a secondary inspection?

    Check your math. Seriously.

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  8. legal advise   January 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    there was no notice of a checkpoint so technically it was illegal.

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  9. John   January 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    What were they drinking if they say that of 33 vehicles, 47 were sent to a secondary check point.?

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  10. Fallbrookite 4 life   January 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Editor,
    Am I reading this right?:

    "Officers said 33 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 47 of those were sent to a secondary check for additional investigation and/or the issuance of a citation. A total of 10 drivers were given field sobriety tests"

    33 passed through and 47 of them (!?) sent to secondary check.

    Is this new math? Do you proofread your articles before you put them out?

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  11. Too funny   January 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Haha what is wrong with this…Officers said 33 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 47 of those were sent to a secondary check for additional investigation

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  12. grunt   January 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    wow 47 out But, anyway you count it, 20 citations out of 33 or 20 out of 47, that is a lot. The no DL probably also means no insurance. Wonder what percentage of those are not here legally; and what percentage of those should NOT be driving here – either due to lack of ability, lack of knowledge of our laws, or poor decision making?

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  13. Sal   January 4, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Officers said 33 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 47 of those were sent to a secondary check? Some bad math there

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  14. larissa   January 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    i think there may be a typo in the total number of vehicles that passed thru the checkpoint? wouldn’t that number be greater than the number of those that went to secondary check, 47?

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  15. Julie Reeder   January 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Simple error guys. Sorry. Thanks for keeping us on our toes for those after hours reports. Glad you’re keeping us accountable :)

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  16. Funinsd   January 5, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Thanks to the law enforcement for having this Checkpoint

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  17. Me   January 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

    The number error isn’t the problem….I want to know how many of those cited for no licenses were ILLEGALS.

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  18. tough crowd   January 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

    To #8 – that drunk that hits you is not going to notify that they’re going to hit you, so that is also technically, illegal. You’ll be complaining then too (never satisfied, are you?). If you are not driving under the influence, then what do you have to hide? Other violations? Probably. I passed through this checkpoint and had/have absolutely NOTHING to hide. Check on officers, check on! I appreciate your work to get these people cited and or into custody.

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  19. grunt   January 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    @ Ms Reeder – come on, you so seldom mess up, can you blame us? :-) And I, and probably many more, really appreciate the FVN efforts to keep us informed

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  20. Duh!   January 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Does no one know how to read??? Look at the last two lines….433 went through!!! Good work law enforcement, it is very much appreciated!

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  21. Debbie Ramsey   January 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    That was my typo! Sorry about that everyone! And no, on the weekends, in trying to get things online as quickly as possible, we don’t have the luxury of having a proofreader. (That would be awesome if we could). For now, it’s pure Debbie and Julie!

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  22. Marty   January 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Ok let me get this straight , out of 433 , 5 were 502’s . People it’s only simple math, and Im not Even. , Dunk…EVEN !

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  23. Ray (the real one)   January 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Legal asdvise: When this law was passed (checkpoints) the judge made "specific" stipulations regarding the checkpoints. One was that a notice be published announcing the checkpoint (24) hours prior and that a "random number" be chosen in which to stop vehicles.

    What happened is "as usual", Californians forgot that they have rights and law enforcement assumed by apathy, "carte blanche" over these checkpoints. Today the resemble crossing the Brandenberg gate into East Germany in 1961.

    Today people worry more about the poor illegal alien lawbreaker driving with no license, insurance and with a case of Budweiser on the front seat. It`s oh….. don`t tow his vehicle, how is he going to work and take his kids to school both of which he should not be doing than the rights of citizens of this state and country.

    If anyone read the UT today, Vista car chase & taser. well the pursuit began on the corner of where I currently live (Tijuana) and this "home boy" did not want to pull over in his stolen rental car and being severely drunk, usual behavior in this and any barrio community.

    I do not drink, I really hate drunks. My step father was a drunk and I saw first hand on what a drunk can do. I am a believer of "one strike" for DUI convictions, long sentences and suspension of one`s license for a minimum of (10) years but "we citizens have rights" and they should not be infringed in"any matter" because of a vew stupid people and over zealous law enforcement.

    We need to bring back the meaning and the spirit of a well intwentiioned law, regain our rights as citizens. Debbie Ramsey, you should call whoever is running rthe Fallbrook station this week, seems Fallbrook is the dumping ground of about to retire commanders or burnouts and demand they follow the law and demand rthey publish these notices.

    Peolle take charge, it`s your rights being slowly taken away.

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  24. Barney   January 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Who both do an awesome job!

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  25. Blueyss   January 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Comment #8 from legal advise = very good point. That is my understanding too that it must be posted prior to having. So this raises questions and an area of concern as to why they would illegally have a checkpoint? Will that hold up in court? Why didn’t they just post it? I mean I do feel that people should pay for DUI’s but these checkpoints are getting to be like stop signs…way too many!

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  26. whatever   January 6, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Illegals can now get california drivers licenses, and become lawyers.

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  27. bubbles   January 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

    that’s right comment 26 we can and don’t forget it I might be representing you in court one day :)

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  28. Me   January 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    While I agree that Checkpoints are being overused and abused and that there are better ways to control DUI’s……..the Sheriff’s Office usually posts the roadblock information on THEIR website.

    This apparently conforms to the requirement that the information be "published."

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  29. Ray   January 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Not really they should target the wannabes with loud speakers and fake trucks

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  30. AggressiveProgressive   January 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Is this Nazi Germany? They had checkpoints to keep everyone in line as well. This is a gross violation of civil rights!

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  31. Lou   January 10, 2014 at 7:47 am

    When those of you saying that this is illegal and controlling get cut off by one person who left the scene of the accident then get hit by another from behind and says they have insurance but it turns out they haven’t had coverage in two months, you might be singing a different tune just like I am. You people complain that the police and sheriffs don’t do their job and then when there out there enforcing the laws and doing their job you cry saying it’s illegal. I’m sure that the five people who did get arrested looked in the paper the day before or looked online to see if there was going to be a check point before they drove through Fallbrook the next day. Criminals don’t care and will do anything as long as it benefits them in the end that’s all that matters.

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  32. Burt   January 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Your liberties to do things like smoke and drive under the influence are limited by the obvious (I hope) need for safety and protection from the hazard you thereby create.

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