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Pizza Hut Guy Collared At Lake Elsinore Checkpoint

A Pizza Hut delivery man allegedly high on marijuana was the first DUI arrest of the night for sheriff's deputies staffing a checkpoint in Lake Elsinore.

Sheriff's deputies staffing a checkpoint in Lake Elsinore Friday night collared a Pizza Hut delivery man allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana.

Jeremy White, 21, of Menifee, was taken into custody just before 11:30 p.m. because deputies determined he was high on marijuana, officials said.

The deputies -- the checkpoint was established at 8 p.m. -- had screened about 700 vehicles by 11 p.m. and hoped to examine at least 1,500 by 3 a.m. Saturday morning, sheriff's Sgt. Marc Cloutier said.

"Traffic has been sporadic," Cloutier told Patch late Friday.

"It comes and goes in spurts throughout the evening."

The sergeant said he hopes all those screened this weekend will tell their friends.

"We hope everyone in the vehicle stopped tells a friend 'be careful, the police are looking for you,'" Cloutier said.

"The message is pretty simple. Driving impaired is against the law. It’s highly dangerous. The point that we’re trying to get out to everybody is simply, don’t," Cloutier said.

Funding for DUI operations in Riverside County come from the state Office of Traffic Safety, officials said.

blueskybigstar March 24, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Sorry Prison Industrial Complex.
john March 24, 2012 at 08:05 PM
It would sloooow dowwwn your driiiving
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I agree with you Lepimster.
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I'm sure they did!
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I got stuck in it at Corydon Road and Skylark by the airport.
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I agree with you. I know I won't drink and drive because I don't want to get arrested at a checkpoint. It has made me think twice about going and getting food after I have had a few drinks. I love the pics of the High Pizza Man
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 09:41 PM
All you people who are calling these cops fat should think twice about saying that. These fine men and women are helping keep our city streets safe. LE has some of the worst drivers ever! These cops drive around stoping drunk/ high people and getting them off the road. Who knows, one of those could have hit and killed your family, but the cops help take them off our dangerous roads. We are going to need more patrol out here with the LEUSD busses being cut. I know my son will be walking to school on the days I can't take him. I don't know what the city officials are thinking by cutting the bus program. I don't mind paying for my son to take the bus, if it means he will get to school safe! Know we are going to have thousands of kids walking every morning and afternoon to and from school. Highway 74 is the bloodiest highway (HWY 74 the blood high) and our kids are going to walking on the streets. On grand Ave. there are no sidewalks, no signals, a couple cross walks. My fear is that one of our kids will be KILLed by crazy drivers who don't have respect for others on the road. There have already been people killed on Grand and 74 from cars hitting them. I don't want to read on the Patch about a student being killed!!! I'm almost tempted to do home schooling of my son so he stays safe from all the A$$ hole drivers we have. Most of the A$$ hole drivers are the illegal boarder hoppers who have no license and drive drunk. DEPORT THE ILLEGALS and the street will be some what safer!!!!
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 09:45 PM
You are part of the problem!
Brad March 24, 2012 at 09:48 PM
He's only 21? He needs to shave, it's not 1984 anymore.
Tonto March 24, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Taggers are trashing the entire town with impunity while they shake down the pizza man? Great job? A pizza gets delivered with a big smile on the delivery mans face. Bad? Taggers run wild :(
Mirna Alfonso (Editor) March 24, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Let's play nice now and no more cursing, please or I will have to snip snip. thanks.
Gerald E. Hall Jr. March 25, 2012 at 05:17 AM
I would agree with the problem of public employee's overpaid pensions. However, I do not believe that the police are conducting these check-points just to suplement their bloated pensions. All the negative attitudes reflected in many of the responses to this incident shows the problem Lake elsinore has with drunk and high drivers. and those who are most likely doing it themselves.
Charles Rush March 25, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Driving is not a civil right. Don't do drugs or alcohol and have a valid driver license and you have nothing to worry about. Pretty simple.
Charles Rush March 25, 2012 at 08:14 AM
And who exactly conducted these studies showing pot heads are better drivers?
JC March 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
They are still obese. Just because they do a certain job does not hide that fact. For their own heath and safety they should get some help with their food addiction.
Anon March 25, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Obese? They wear vests that make them look bigger than they are. You need to chill and stop being so jealous of them. I am doubting you could do their job. I wouldn't do it! Too many crazies out there!
john March 25, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I always see those cops at in n out burger too. They need to eat salad NOT double doubles!
Kitten March 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM
How many checkpoints do the (police off duty) get arrested as I am sure ALL of them are not 100% sober then! Good Ole Boy's help each other out! Of you arrested all the people that were high on something . . . we would not have a lot of people on the road. There are more peopel on pills that impair their judgement more that pot and drive all the time! He was at least holding a job! And yes, most of the police nned to stay in shape and physical to be able to run and catch the real criminals that run!
Anon March 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Change the laws if you dont like them. I love to watch everyone always try to make pot out to be "ok". Its illegal!!! When it becomes legal, then you can say what you want. Just because YOU thinks its ok, doesnt mean it isnt! I prefer my kids drive around with drivers who are responsible. BTW, most meds that will impare someones driving, will say not to drive while under the influence of!
SteveMc March 26, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Roll the window down just enough to slide your ID, registration, and proof of insurance through. Roll window up. When they are ready to hand it back, roll the window down enough to retrieve your property. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED BY LAW TO DO OR SAY ANY MORE. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO GIVE INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE TO THE POLICE. THE 5TH AMENDMENT IS ON YOUR SIDE.
Roberto March 26, 2012 at 01:27 PM
"YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED BY LAW TO DO OR SAY ANY MORE. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO GIVE INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE TO THE POLICE. THE 5TH AMENDMENT IS ON YOUR SIDE." REPLY: You try that and you will get choked out and beat to a pulp. This is corrupt Racist Rail Road County.
john March 26, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Yea Roberto, then they will steal your food to feed their gizzard necks!
Jack March 26, 2012 at 06:02 PM
If it were up to Governor Jerky "Moonbeam" Brown and Mayor Tony "The Pig" Villaragu, and the Pizza Hut Guy were an illegal alien, he would have been allowed to drive on, because otherwise he might have lost his job. But then they would make sure they took down his information....so that he could be given automatic food stamps, welfare, a free education and free housing, and automatic democrat registration and a safe polling place where he can illegally vote (only for democrats, that is).
Anon March 26, 2012 at 07:07 PM
exactly!
Harlowe Thrombey March 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM
What a waste of time and money. What a waste of taxpayer resource. It's not like the Pizza Hut driver was driving bad or anything. They smelled weed on him, and he got popped for it. What a waste of priorities. Marijuana does not cause unsafe driving. If Checkpoints truly worked, then why are there still hundreds of idiots on the freeway driving slow in the fast lane? Pull THOSE retards over, instead.
John Glazer March 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM
It has nothing to do with safety, the "alcohol program" is there to collect thousands for the courts, and for the alcohol classes they make you go to. There would be none of this if they hadn't figured out a way to make bank for all these institutions. Big news item, it got ran because somebody snapped a picture of it. Did anybody get hurt? No, all you law and order conservative republicans are in brainless lockstep with each other. Follow the crowd.
Corey March 28, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Cops all lie. I remember a day when they were helpful. The Highway Patrol is the only arm I trust! The city departments are filled with men and women with no brains and big attitudes. Reminds me of Iraq . Leave people alone!
Devious - 65 March 29, 2012 at 09:38 AM
I stand with Bob Bishop... Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Brenda March 30, 2012 at 02:07 PM
1. Lisa, I would hope there were more important reasons for not drinking and driving then getting arrested at a checkpoint. Hints, accidents, accidents where you are others are injured or killed? Ringing a bell? 2. There are signs advertizing the check point yards before you get to it, and they also announce it several days before in the Patch! Give it a read! 3. Also as a caring law abiding citizen NO ONE should care if they get stopped at a check point if they are innocent. It is there to catch drunk or under the influence drivers and prevent them from killing a family leaving the movie theater a few blocks down the road. So Bob rant all you want about civil rights when it comes to saving lives its a go in my book and should be in yours too unless you drink and drive. That is something I don't understand even if ONE DRIVER that night who is DUI is cited. 4. John Binder it does not make then anymore money for having a check point and I do not understand your post enough to figure out your point. But it costs more to have one, more deputies, the supplies, DUI blow machines, a tow driver available to tow the impounded cars etc. 5. Mirna, need to delete all posts concerning the police officers weight. They are insulting to our policemen, its violation of TOS, also demeaning to those who serve and protect us. American girl is right those flack jackets weigh alot and make the officers look huge around the middle. Do not see you guys out there doing their jobs.
chad December 31, 2012 at 05:44 PM
good luck findin a pizza delivery driver that isnt stoned i dont care where they work. whats the old saying.. "a drunk driver runs a stop sign without noticing, a stoned driver stops at a stop sign and waits for it to turn green"

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