Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Saturday, December 16, 2006
Contact Skip Showalter, Sergeant
Phone (951) 353-7991

DUI checkpoint has positive results

Riverside, Ca- On Friday, December 15, 2006, the Riverside Police Department conducted a checkpoint for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) at the intersection of University Avenue and Douglass Avenue. Several Volunteers and Explorers from the department were on hand to assist with the effort.

Between the hours of 6 PM and 12 midnight, more than 2000 vehicles drove through the checkpoint. Four (4) subjects were arrested for DUI, Forty-seven (47) were cited for licensing, seatbelt and/or open container violations and Forty-five (45) vehicles were impounded. More than twenty (20) subjects were cited for not having insurance for their vehicle.

Additionally, several of the vehicles were also inspected to determine if they were illegally equipped for street racing. Two subjects passing through the checkpoint were arrested for felony warrants.

One subject elected to avoid the checkpoint and made an illegal turn in front of RPD motorcycle Officer Ralph Moorehouse. The suspect refused to pull over and led officers on a brief pursuit through east Riverside. The suspect abandoned his vehicle and was found trying to conceal himself on a rooftop to a business. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with felony evading.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.