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 22, 2013 at 09:24 AM
It's good to get the unlicensed drivers off the road, but no DUIs out of nearly 1000 cars on a Friday night? That seems next to impossible. It can't be that people have stopped driving after drinking... can it be?
Pauly September 22, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Almost 1000 cars and how many DUI arrests? This is getting to be just a racket to impound cars and sell them at auction when a lot of drivers cant afford to pay thirty day impound fees! This is out of control! I know some of you will say that just obey the laws and no problems, what if your only family car is taken and your ability to make a living is taken away? How do you feed the kids and pay rent or mortgage? This impound thing is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!!!!!!
Joseph Morabito September 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Tell me Tombo, how is society helped by allowing unlicensed drivers (they're unlicensed for a reason) to have a separate set of rules/laws to live by than those of us that actually follow them?
Andria September 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Unconstititional to enforce our laws requiring that people obtain a license before driving a motor vehicle??? You might want to think that thought through a little more.
TH Resident September 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Tomb is technically accurate. The 4th Amendment protects American citizens from illegal search and seizure. To stop a vehicle with no probable cause or has not violated any law, violates that amendment. However, I believe that although this check point did not eliminate any DUI drivers from the streets Friday night, the previous random check points could be the reason for that. The question, is our safety worth giving away some of our freedoms? The answer to that question, will most likely be an opinion. And we know what those are like.
michael g September 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM
unlicensed means no insurance. if it was your car that they slamed into. then ran off.you would probably think differently.especially if you or a loved one was injured.
Andria September 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM
I understand your 4th amendment argument but not sure that a checkpoint verifying legal ability to drive (which include sobriety, compliance with licensing, insurance, and registrations laws) constitutes an illegal search.
Joseph Morabito September 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM
TH, it's already been adjudicated. ____________________________________________________ By a 6-3 decision in Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz (1990), the United States Supreme Court found properly conducted sobriety checkpoints to be constitutional. While acknowledging that such checkpoints infringed on a constitutional right, Chief Justice Rehnquist argued the state interest in reducing drunk driving outweighed this minor infringement. (you can read more in detail by searching it)
Tell it like it is September 23, 2013 at 12:09 AM
TH, a checkpoint is an administrative detention and has been upheld in court as legal, thus no infringement or violation of the 4th amendment. To all others, lets remember... people who are unlicensed choose to freely and voluntarily drive; therefore, running the risk of getting stopped and their ride impounded. 14602.6(a) cvc is very clear. No sympathy for people who choose not to obey the law.
SA September 23, 2013 at 02:32 PM
The only way one can get away with driving without a license is to be an illegal alien… #sarcasm...
Pauly September 25, 2013 at 01:59 PM
One last comment, no one crashed into anyone at the checkpoint and no one was caught driving drunk or on drugs. I am not saying that anyone be allowed to drive without a licence, but remember the economy we are experiencing with many losing homes and becoming homeless in some cases. I am aware of the law passed in 1993 (I think) and that its constitutionality was in question. If they have to impound cars do they have to take it for thirty days? In many cases with impound fees around 2000 dollars they cannot afford to get it out, and that's not just illegal immigrants losing their cars.
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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