New Years Eve Police DUI Crackdown

December 31, 2008 11:22:39 PM PST
Fresno police officers took to the streets in saturation patrols on New Year's Eve looking for drunk drivers."It's our goal to make sure no one is injured or killed tonight. We want to make sure people can celebrate safely." Fresno Police Captain Greg Garner coordinated the operation which involved dozens of additional officers.

David Verduzco was among those patrolling the city streets. He has reason to take this effort very seriously.

"When a repeat offender was involved in a collision with my mother and it was a head on collision with my mother and a nephew that really brought it home.

Nobody's safe from a drunk driver." Verduzco said.

Shortly after the enforcement effort started, a suspect was nabbed in North Fresno. Officer Verduzco says he appeared to be quite drunk.

"Right now the first test he took was point 18, which is pretty high. You can see he is kind of having mood swings. It's typical for someone under the influence of alcohol. And, he'll be going to jail tonight.

The driver, who said he's from out of town and visiting relatives in Fresno will have to ride downtown in the drunk wagon, and spend the night in jail. His car was be impounded, and if convicted he will face fines and legal fees that can run into the thousands of dollars.

In addition to the saturation patrols, Fresno Police operated two DUI checkpoints in North Fresno.

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