21 arrested in Santa Rosa DUI bust

June 25, 2011 12:13:13 PM PDT
Police arrested 21 people, including three for driving under the influence, at a DUI and driver's license checkpoint in Santa Rosa, police said.

The checkpoint, located at the intersections of College and Mendocino avenues and Steele Lane and Cleveland Avenue, was conducted from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. today, according to Santa Rosa police.

A dozen people were arrested for driving without licenses and four were arrested for driving with suspended licenses, police said. All 16 drivers were cited at the scene.

Two others were arrested for outstanding warrants and were cited to appear in court, according to police.

Of the 1342 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, 30 drivers were screened for field sobriety tests and 66 were screened for driver's license status checks.

Seven vehicles were impounded at the scene and one traffic citation was issued, police said.

This checkpoint was the seventh of the year as part of the Santa Rosa Police Department's commitment to public safety, according to police. The goal is to remove impaired drivers and to bring awareness to the public about the danger of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, police said.

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