Napa Police: 4 DUI Arrests Reported from Yountville Checkpoint

Sunday night's multi-agency checkpoint in Yountville resulted in the arrests of four motorists accused of driving under the influence, according to Napa police. Arrest information does not indicate convictions.

Out of 2,000 vehicles screened at a DUI checkpoint in Yountville Sunday night, four motorists were jailed for driving under the influence, according to an announcement from Napa Police Sgt. Paul Paniagua:

The in conjunction with officers from , and , conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Sunday, September 2, 2012 as part of Napa County’s AVOID the 9 campaign for public safety. 

This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in the County of Napa. The location of Sunday’s checkpoint was on SR29 at Washington St in Yountville. 

The goal of the DUI Checkpoint is removing impaired drivers and to bring awareness to the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

2000+ Vehicles Screened

4 DUI Suspects Arrested

8 Citations issued

4 Unlicensed and Suspended Drivers Sent to Court

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

Source: Napa Police Department.

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Belle (Orchid Lady) September 06, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Karl- what Timber is sitting above are case laws not websites. All you new to do to locate them is Google the cases, specifically the Sitz case. The difference between the saturation patrols pulling over drivers is that by are still required to have a REAL reason to pull over any driver. Such as a moving violation or equipment violation. They cannot legally stop you just because they have some "grant money". If the scenario you stated above happens, you should ask why you were stopped and always have he officer identify them self, even if you are not cited for any violation. Lots of the time certain officers will stop people using profiling, that is not a valid stop.
Timber September 07, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Karl, Well I think that the terminology the police are using is merely psychological. Lawful?--well any arbitrariness would only be determined in court, so if a stop(s) seems arbitrary then an individual would have to keep diligent notes about all these types of encounters. Multiple occurrences shows a pattern which would suggest this behavior is likely to continue in the future. A more compelling position would be from a group of people with similar circumstances being arbitrarily detained, no infractions no probable cause, etc., unreasonableness is the basis for challenging such stops, a suit in court, only if no citations arise from those stops. One of the first things traffic cops learn in the police academy is to decide, before leaving their vehicle, whether they're going to give a ticket or just a warning. They may act as though they still haven't made up their minds and are going to let you off only if you'll cooperate. Don't fall for this. The hesitating officer may be trying to appear open-minded in order to extract admissions out of you, to use them against you in court if necessary. The strategy is to try to get you to admit either that you committed a violation or that you were so careless, inattentive, or negligent that you don't know whether you did or not. Give a noncommittal answer, like, "I see," or no answer at all. Silence is not an admission of guilt and cannot be used against you in court.
Timber September 07, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Now in crackdown situations the request for you CDL should be complied with, in general, even in light of “Calif. V. C. Section 14607.6 (b) A peace officer shall not stop a vehicle for the sole reason of determining whether the driver is properly licensed.” Interactions with the police are permissible in one of three ways; by warrant, by reasonable suspicion/probable cause or BY YOUR CONSENT. The stop by way of the crackdown could very well fall under the consent issue. If the stop is not challenged by you then it IS permissible only because you did not timely object. Questions are a very useful tool, this is why the police use them, you should as well, only when necessary. Asking questions helps you understand the situation better and attempts to get some form of admissions or confessions from the officer while at the same time you are not providing them with admissions they will use against you. EXAMPLE Officer: License, please? Me: What is the nature of this traffic stop, officer? Officer: We're checking for driver licenses. May I see yours? Me: Is there any reason to believe I'm unlicensed? Officer: I don't know, but I need to see your license before I can let you go. Me: How long do you plan on detaining me? Officer: Until you show me your license. Me: Have I broken any laws? Officer: Not that I know of, but I need to see your license or you're going to be here a while. Me: Would you mind showing me the law that requires you to verify my license
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 07, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Timber- You are such a breath of fresh air! Too many people give up their 4th amendment rights, yet complain about police violating them! I tried to broach this subject on another thread and was dismissed. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insight. Sincerely, Belle
Timber September 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Thanks Belle Karl the silence is deafening...:) Hope you didn't get sent to the pokey.


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