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No arrests at DUI checkpoints in Escondido and National City

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Posted at 10:57 AM, Sep 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-17 13:57:22-04

No one was arrested for drunk driving at two DUI/driver's license checkpoints in Escondido and National City on Friday night, according to law enforcement officials.

The Escondido Police Department conducted a checkpoint in the area of Centre City Parkway and Decatur, according to Lt. Mike Kearney.

Of the 1,326 vehicles that drove through the checkpoint, 691 were screened and 47 were sent to secondary screening, Kearney said.

Seven vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver and four vehicles were impounded. A total of 20 citations were issued during the checkpoint including 11 for unlicensed driving, four for having a suspended license, and seven for having no insurance. There was one field sobriety test conducted, but no arrest was made.

The National City Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a checkpoint at 200 Mile of Cars Way between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, according to Sgt. Jeffrey Meeks.

A total of 1,094 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 560 vehicles being screened. Nine drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended or revoked and six cars were impounded. One minor was arrested for possession of an alcoholic beverage, Meeks said.

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