Four arrested at Lake Elsinore checkpoint

A driver’s license and sobriety checkpoint in Lake Elsinore led to four people arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said that today the arrests were made at a checkpoint conducted at Lakeside High and Riverside Drive between 10:30 p.m. Friday and 2:00 a.m. Saturday.

According to Lake Elsinore police Sgt. Peter Giannakakos, six vehicles were stored or impounded for 30 days and 12 unlicensed motorists driving with a suspended license were sent to court.

Officers at the checkpoint reported 784 vehicles passed through, 38 vehicles were diverted to a secondary screening and 11 people were given field sobriety tests. Out of those tested for being under the influence four people were arrested.

The checkpoint also snagged 12 unlicensed and suspended drivers who were sent to Court and six more vehicles were stored or impounded for 30 days.

Alcohol and drug-impaired driving causes serious injuries and deaths that have marred recent holiday celebrations. The Lake Elsinore Police Department is committed to working aggressively to reduce the incidence of needless tragedy that accompanies any alcohol-related collision.

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

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