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2 Arrested During DUI Checkpoint In Lake Elsinore

In addition to the two arrests, 21 unlicensed and suspended drivers were sent to court, eight misdemeanor warrants were served, and 16 vehicles were stored or impounded.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A DUI checkpoint set up Friday night at SR 74 and the El Toro cutoff in Lake Elsinore netted two arrests, police are reporting.

Janice Basquez, 50, of San Jacinto, and Jose Rodriguez, 36, of Menifee were both arrested during the operation for drug-related offenses, according to a news release from the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

No drivers were arrested for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the report stated.

In addition to the two arrests, 21 unlicensed and suspended drivers were sent to court, eight misdemeanor warrants were served, and 16 vehicles were stored or impounded, the report continued.

In total, 896 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, according to the report.

"This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in the city. The Lake Elsinore Police Department is committed to working aggressively to reduce the incidents of needless tragedy that accompanies any alcohol related collision.

"The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration," the report read.

Joseph Morabito September 25, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Tombo, how about we meet them half way... they get the car back when they have proof of insurance and they are now licensed, but not a moment before, including the current 30 days they face?
joed_cook October 02, 2013 at 11:11 AM
@Michael J Green Unlicensed doesn’t mean uninsured. Just because someone doesn’t have a license doesn’t mean they’re uninsured. In fact the state required you have insurance on any car you own regardless if you have a valid driver’s license. Don’t assume you know the reasons behind someone being unlicensed and don’t throw them in a stupid statement like you did, you’re very ignorant. Also its called spellcheck

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