Lake Elsinore Police Arrest One Driver at DUI Checkpoint

Officers stopped drivers on Corydon Road Friday night, looking for signs of impairment and checking driver's licenses.

Lake Elsinore police conducted a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Corydon Road east of Palomar Street Friday night, resulting in one driver arrested for suspicion of DUI.

The checkpoint operated from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m., according to Sgt. Peter Giannakakos. Of the 999 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, 23 were sent to a secondary-inspection area for further evaluation. Two drivers were given field sobriety tests.

Four vehicles were towed and impounded for 30 days and multiple drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license or without a license. The driver arrested for suspicion of DUI was a 52-year-old man from Murrieta.

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

Reverend Smith February 02, 2013 at 06:36 PM
The police need to investigate other strategies to catch drunk drivers. Half the people have smart phones now. Soon it will be almost everyone. There are apps that send you an alarm if there are checkpoints in your areas. I wouldn't be surprised if they have them posted or will look them up for you at bars. All the drunks living along grand probably just took Lakeshore to Riverside west to Grand Friday night. I'll bet if they just took the same number of cops that manned the checkpoint and had them blanket the area streets looking for impaired behavior they'd bust more drunk drivers. I never could understand driving to a bar to drink alcohol. My guess is more than half the cars leaving parking lots of bars contain legally drunk people. If you drink before, during or after the big game Sunday, plan for time to sleep it off of have a sober driver designated or you may get what's coming to you. Hopefully you don't take anyone with you.
California Girl February 02, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Actually last night we went driving around around the whole lake, and around 9 and 10 last night there was barely any cars out on Mission Trail and Grand, I was surprised to see that... And even the bars were not packed either!! But their were cops out last night on Grand, and we only seen one car get pulled over, besides us, they pulled us over last night but let us go, just for our license plate light... But I am glad the cops are actually out more and cracking down
One Voice February 02, 2013 at 07:45 PM
To bad the're not out during the day to crack down, oh but wait there's not as much revenue in regular tickets as there is in DUI, and pulling you over for a light out for your license plate, hmmmmmmm I would guess that was an excuse to see if you had been drinking...just sayin!
Arthur Spooner February 02, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I agree One Voice. They should be out on Riverside or Lake Street getting the speeders.
Reverend Smith February 02, 2013 at 08:31 PM
The police are reacting to community outrage, expressed on this web site for one, over the senseless deaths recently caused by a drunk driver. They're responding. I think that's a good thing. So they pulled over a car with a light out. They've probably pulling over everyone for any reason trying to find drunks to take the keys away from. Fortunately Cal Girl was driving sober.
California Girl February 02, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Yeah he did ask my boyfriend if he has been drinking tonight! That was the first thing he asked
One Voice February 03, 2013 at 02:01 AM
And Machado it is a hot spot in the early hours for the street racers
Rem February 03, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Fact is; more accidents and fatatlities are caused by sober driver than dui drivers. Just sayin'. Look it up.
California Girl February 03, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Rem I believe it, the other day there was an accident over by Temescal Canyon, and then one today by Indian truck trails
Timber February 03, 2013 at 05:41 AM
One Voice, I believe it is known as 'manufactured cause' in order to detain. At any given time anyone will be in violation of some law, code, statute, regulation, rule or policy, ad nauseam.
Matt February 03, 2013 at 03:15 PM
One DUI. Still think these checkpoints are about DUI?
Reverend Smith February 03, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Of course the vast majority of drivers are not DUI. So it figures that DUI drivers could have a high accident rate within t heir group but still not cause as many accidents as the vastly larger group of sober drivers. That does not mean that driving drunk dose not vastly increase the chances that the drunk driver will be involved in an accident. And if the police could test for senility, lack of sleep and just plain stupidity that contributes to accidents, maybe they would. But then there would be an uproar from senior citizens and mentally disabled groups that they've being discriminated against and denied their basic human rights.
Chere February 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Thank you for getting at least one DUI off the street. it could have been me or any of you that were possible hit or killed ..So one is better then NONE.. I say they should be out in full FORCE tonight with it being Super Bowl Sunday. I to agree they need to not post or have anything about where they are going to be. I have seen the kids post on Facebook where the checkpoints are. Its like saying drive around the checkpoint..they need to figure another way of posting or having it at one place and then move to another a few hours later.. something... thanks for getting that one off the street.
Dog February 03, 2013 at 09:45 PM
One DUI? They coulda done better just driving around my block...
Roberto February 03, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Who carench's? Yes speed limit law's and dui laws need to be enforced but hat about grafitlhy, burgalery, robbery, assault etc. etc. We don't nee a bunch of fat cops hanging around with five foot tall female deputies harrassing citizen's driving from one destination to another. How about some accountibility insread of using federal grants to harass citizens?
tom February 03, 2013 at 10:24 PM
By law those without license should also have lost their car for 30 days... If you see a drunk driver call 911.
The Teller of Truth February 03, 2013 at 11:27 PM
"Four vehicles were towed and impounded for 30 days and multiple drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license or without a license.' Well at least thats some revenue for the city & state. I think if you can't abide by the rules like the rest of us, then you should pay A LOT until you get with the picture. Some people never learn any other way.
Roberto February 04, 2013 at 01:36 AM
What a waste of TAX dollars...
Tell it like it is February 04, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Hey Roberto, anytime you wanna slap a uniform on and even go out and attempt to the job we do, then be my guest. Until then I suggest you still flapping your gum. Further more, you'll be glad your tax dollars are at work one day when a drunk takes out one of your family members or friends, or maybe not so glad when you get caught perhaps.
Roberto February 04, 2013 at 11:35 AM
You go ahead and DO your job instead of playing on the computer. Sitting at a blockade catching one drunk driver opposed to policing isn't nothing but waste of time.
Tell it like it is February 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Well Roberto, like you obviously, I get days off, and from time to time, spend time on social media. Sounds like you and Mr. Resident are frustrated about checkpoints. You guys should voice your concerns to the Office of Traffic Safety. With regards to the checkpoints they are set in consistency with the law, in that the public must know where they are at and signs must also be posted prior to entering. Yet still drunks and unlicensed members of society still come in for a visit. Someday they'll learn I guess!


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