Members of the Jurupa Valley Police department arrested five people as part of a checkpoint they did in conjunction with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, a Sheriff’s official reported today.
The checkpoint was set up between 8 p.m. Saturday and 3:00 a.m. today and approximately 540 vehicles passed through it. Of those 540 vehicles, 502 went through screening, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
Four people were arrested for drunken driving after passing through the screening and another person was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and being in possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, according to the report.
That other person was 26-year-old Arturo Hernandez. Hernandez was sent to the screening area to produce registration papers for his car when officers discovered he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest, Sgt. Christian Dekker said.
Additionally, officers discovered a loaded firearm inside the center console of Hernandez’s vehicle, according to Dekker.
The checkpoint was conducted in order to lower the number of alcohol- and drug-related injuries and deaths on roadways, according to the report.
The operation was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.