SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego police officers arrested nine suspected drunken drivers at a downtown checkpoint and extra saturation patrols in Pacific Beach that began St. Patrick's Day and wrapped up early Sunday.
The checkpoint was set up on First Avenue near Beech Street from 10:15 p.m. Saturday to 1:45 a.m. today, according to Officer Mark McCullough. More than 1,900 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and three drivers were arrested for suspicion of drunken driving.
Officers also cited a driver who had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, McCullough said.
The checkpoint was set up about a mile away from the Gaslamp District, which was cordoned off on Sixth Avenue between E and G streets, F Street between Fifth and Seventh avenues and on G Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues for the 17th annual "sham-Rock" block party.
That event included a free designated driver shuttle to take its revelers anywhere in the county. Event officials were unable to be reached Sunday to obtain an attendance total or the amount raised to benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation.
Officers arrested six suspected drunken drivers in Pacific Beach, including driver booked for suspicion of felony drunken driving after he struck a guardrail, breaking his passenger's ankle, McCullough said.
Due to strong and gusty Santa Ana winds and a red flag warning, several San Diego County school districts were closed Tuesday after San Diego Gas & Electric officials shut off power for several thousand customers as a safety precaution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry to install equipment in preparation for the arrival of the migrant caravan, the agency said.
Santa Ana winds continued Tuesday to plague firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as officials re-emphasized to evacuated residents that they must stay away until the area has been declared safe.
Police on Tuesday were searching for a man suspected of robbing a smoothie bar at gunpoint in Mira Mesa.
Santa Ana winds continue Tuesday, weakening Wednesday through Thursday. Very dry and gusty conditions will continue to bring elevated fire risk through Wednesday.
Santa Ana winds picked up again Monday and were expected to continue into Tuesday as firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties worked to hold back the flames.
Deputies shot and killed a man Monday afternoon during a confrontation at an East County apartment complex.
Among the Paradise residents that lost their homes to the Camp Fire were several graduates of Chula Vista High School.
Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.