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La Mesa police go after missing drunk drivers

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LA MESA (CBS 8) - La Mesa police hit the streets Friday in an effort to crack down on drunk drivers and keep the streets safer.

Police hit the streets looking for people with outstanding DUI warrants.

"Just based on the volume of people that get arrested still to this day for driving under the influence, that there are a lot of them that either don't meet all the requirements or don't pay their fines or don't appear at all the hearing they have to appear at. So as a result you end up with a lot of DUI warrants in the system," Sgt. Peter Andersson said.

The police department identified 40 people in the area who had warrants issued for their arrest in the last two months. In pairs, eight officers went looking for the offenders.

Sergeant Andersson says this sweep is just one of a handful of sweeps done every year. In February, the department set up a DUI checkpoint at the El Cajon Courthouse.

"I feel that we are helping them in the long run taking care of their responsibilities," he said.

In all, three people were arrested and taken to either the Las Conlinas Detention Center or the downtown jail. La Mesa police say the enforcement is another reminder of its zero-tolerance for drunk drivers.

"Just because you elect to not appear at your hearing or not to pay your fines, the case is not going to go away until you've met your responsibility to the justice system and we're going to come and find you. It's not going to go away," Andersson said.

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