Driver leads police on chase at DUI checkpoint

Posted at 11:15 AM, May 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-29 14:15:18-04

Two motorists were arrested for drunken driving during a drivers checkpoint in Poway that ended Sunday, including one driver who tried to avoid the checkpoint and lead deputies on a pursuit, according to sheriff's officials.

The checkpoint was set up on Poway Road approaching the intersection of Oak Knoll Road from 8:30 p.m. Friday until 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Sgt. David Cheever.

There was one driver that drove over the median to avoid the checkpoint and fled the area, Cheever said in a statement. There was a short pursuit and the driver pulled over in San Diego before he reached Interstate 15. The driver was arrested for drunken driving and attempting to evade pursuing peace officers.

Of the 1,054 vehicles that drove through the checkpoint, 638 of them were screened by deputies. Ten citations were issued for various drivers license violations.

The primary intent of the checkpoint was to educate the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, Cheever said. And the checkpoint served as a deterrent to potentially impaired drivers, he said.

The checkpoint was funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety.