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Poway DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Next Week

Sheriff’s deputies will stop cars somewhere in Poway on Aug. 10.

The sheriff’s department has announced that it will be conducting a DUI checkpoint somewhere in Poway next week.

The checkpoint will operate on Aug. 10 between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. and will be staffed by DUI-trained deputies that will be looking for signs that a driver has been drinking or is under the influence of drugs, according to a press release issued by the department. The location of the Poway checkpoint was not released.

“The focus of the operation will be the apprehension of suspects who are determined to be operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and/or under the influence of drugs or driving while unlicensed/suspended,” the press release stated.

The release was issued by Deputy Aaron Meleen of the Poway station, who has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving as one of the . Meleen made 70 DUI arrests in 2011, and 64 in 2010.

resulted in several citations but no drivers arrested for DUI.

Timber August 02, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Another suspicion-less roadblock to "reasonably" ask you to confess to any crime so it can be used against you in court. The 5th explicitly states " No person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property..."
Clariece Tally August 02, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Driving is privilege not a right. And the courts have ruled it is not entrapment because you have opportunities to not enter the checkpoint. Responding to the question "Have you had anything to drink" is not confessing to a crime it's merely a yes or no response. However, driving under the influence or impaired driving is a crime and you aren't confessing to it when you answer the question, you were guilty when you got behind the wheel of the car. That's when the "crime" occurred. Your freedom to drink should not impair my freedom to be free from impaired drivers on the road.
Joe St. Lucas August 02, 2012 at 09:50 PM
"Somewhere in Poway" sure narrows the location down.
Tom Yarnall August 02, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Joe, just don't drive and drink that day and you won't have to worry. :-)).
Michael August 03, 2012 at 12:46 AM
No, you don't have opportunities to not enter the checkpoint. If you have ever tried to turn around in one, you will find that they have an officer on the ready to come pull you over. Why do you think they don't tell you the location of these checkpoints? If they were respecting my right not to want to go through them then they would fully disclose the location. If you go through these checkpoints you are not required by law to answer any of their questions. And they have no legal right to detain you for doing so.
Joe St. Lucas August 03, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Tom, it's not that, you can be stone sober for 10 years and still be delayed in your trip to wherever it is you're going. If you knew that the checkpoint was in one location and didn't want to be stopped for 10 minutes, you'd go another way. And yes, Michael, if you try to turn around to avoid the checkpoint, they have someone there to stop you anyway.
Tom Yarnall August 03, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Michael, why don't you complain about not having your rights respected to some of the families who have lost loved ones to drunk drivers going the wrong way on a freeway , or going over the center line on a two lane highway, etc, etc,etc. I'm sure they would be very sympathetic to your hardship.
Timber August 04, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Whether driving is a privilege or a right is irrelevant. When your government detains you for whatever reason Rights are involved. "It is agreed that checkpoint stops are 'seizures' within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment." - U.S. v Martinez-Fuerte, 428 U.S. 543 (1976) "The Fourth Amendment applies to all seizures of the person, including seizures that involve only a brief detention short of traditional arrest." - U.S. v. Brignoni-Ponce. I never claimed entrapment. My claim is they are suspicion-less seizures of your person. Answering any questions during such a seizure is not required of the motorist; yes, no and declining to answer the question are all possibilities. The questioning is designed to elicit a positive or negative response through your voluntary consent to engage in casual conversation. Your statement is a confession to such a crime otherwise the police would not have to ask anything of you and just make the arrest because somehow they already know who is guilty. Everyone always has the Right to remain silent at all times during encounters with your government. Most people do not understand this and that is what your government counts on. "One of the 5th Amendment's basic functions is to protect innocent men who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances." - Ohio v. Reiner
Jason August 16, 2012 at 11:19 PM
So what was the result? How many did they detain for further examination? How many arrests? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

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