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Countywide checkpoints nab several suspected of DUI

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ESCONDIDO/CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Escondido police arrested six drivers on suspicion of being drunk at a checkpoint operation that wrapped up early Satuday, and seven drivers were cited for being unlicensed.

Of about 2,200 vehicles that passed through checkpoint near East El Norte Parkway and North Ash Street, 1,329 were screened and 50 drivers were selected for secondary screening, Escondido police said.

In one case, some people switched drivers just before being inspected, and both failed breath tests, police said.

One suspect arrested on suspicion of drunken driving was on probation for DUI, and another arrestee was suspected being under the influence of a drug, police said. Two drivers were cited for having no proof of liability insurance, and two others were driving on suspended licenses.

Meanwhile in the South Bay, two people suspected of driving while intoxicated were arrested and 10 vehicles were impounded at a drunken driving and license checkpoint in Chula Vista, police said Saturday.

The checkpoint was set up in the 2300 block of Main Street from 7 p.m. Friday and continued until about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Chula Vista police.

One of the suspects was arrested for drunken driving causing injury and the other was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, some of which he had in his possession, police said.

Ten drivers had suspended licenses, and 19 had no licenses at all, according to police.

A total of 850 cars passed through the checkpoint, with 517 of them flagged for screening. Ten cars were impounded.

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