3000+ cars, more than nine DUIs

Another night in P.B.

Authorities staging a DUI checkpoint in Mission Bay beginning Saturday night and running into Sunday morning were more successful than the June 6 screening in Oceanside, with a total of ten intoxicated individuals arrested in nine stopped vehicles.

The Oceanside checkpoint stopped 335 cars; no DUI arrests were made.

According to a report from Sheriff Sgt. David Cheever, 3,186 vehicles passed through the Pacific Beach checkpoint staffed by representatives from a host of local law enforcement agencies. Eighteen of those cars were sent to a secondary screening area, with eight drivers being placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. A ninth was caught driving under the influence of both alcohol and other drugs.

A tenth suspect was arrested for public drunkenness after his driver was led off. Two more citations were issued for marijuana possession, and eight vehicles were impounded at the checkpoint.

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"Am I free to go, or am I being detained?" I never voluntarily cooperate with these checkpoints. It's none of their business where I'm coming from, where I'm going, what I've done, etc. If you think you have reasonable suspicion to detain me, go for it... I'll call an attorney. Otherwise, I'm leaving.

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