One arrest at Los Banos PD DUI checkpoint

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comMay 30, 2013 

The Los Banos Police Department arrested one person on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol during its DUI checkpoint on Memorial Day.

The checkpoint was conducted from 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Police said officer Marcelino Cortez stopped Jorge Gamez, 51, as he allegedly attempted to drive through the checkpoint without waiting to be screened.

Police said Cortez noticed symptoms of intoxication and Flores reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol before driving. A breathalyzer test registered Flores' blood alcohol content at .08 percent. He was placed under arrest. A BAC of .08 or higher is considered legally impaired.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

Los Banos' checkpoint also yielded two arrests on misdemeanor warrants and three citations. There were 59 vehicles screened at the checkpoint.

The Los Banos Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on June 28 as part of its commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon the streets and highways.

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