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More DUI Scofflaws Nabbed in Napa - This Time Driving Off From Court

This morning, Napa police arrested four individuals, who reportedly did not show up for their DUI-related court appearances with warrants issued. 

(Story here: Napa Police Crack Down on No-Show DUI Offenders; 4 Suspects Jailed Today.)

But last week, the police zeroed in on those at court for DUI offenses, but who elected to drive away afterwards  -- on suspended licenses.  

On June 23, between 8:30 a.m. and noon, officers went to the Napa County Superior Court House to monitor DUI court proceedings, noting those ordered not to drive, said Sgt. Brian Campagna, who is overseeing a DUI program funded by the state's Office of Traffic Safety. 

Officers monitored them to see if they got behind the wheel of vehicles and drove away -- and seven offenders did, he said. 

All seven were cited for allegedly driving on suspended licenses and/or being unlicensed, and their vehicles were towed and impounded for 30 days, he said.

The purported offenders now will face additional trips to court, fines and possible jail time. 

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

J. Roland Wagner June 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM
This type activity cheapens law enforcement. Yes, these people leaving court should not be driving, BUT they probably expect that getting their vehicle home was contemplated by the court. What they didn't know is that generally if the defendant requests leave of the court to drive their car home from court --the request would be granted. (It formally was granted in years past.) If not requested the court should admonish the defendant not to drive home. Simply stated this is a very expensive trap, towing & storage etc, for the uninformed. If these are public defender cases they need to be alert to these traps and address the court on this issue. Private council likewise.
bluecollardoctor June 30, 2014 at 12:33 PM
That's really mean spirited, kicking someone when they are down. I guess that's what it is all about.
Dave Raines June 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Most, if not every one of those drivers, were already aware that they were required to not drive. They either had their license pulled by a judge or by the DMV prior to that court date. If they had petitioned for 30 day temporary license, they could have had it the next day. They knew exactly what they were doing and that it was against the law.

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