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Petaluma Police Department
Saturday March 12th, 2016 :: 08:00 a.m. PST

Advisory

2 DUI/DL Checkpoints in the city of Petaluma on March 11, 2016

CITY OF PETALUMA, CA.

POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/BROADCAST UPDATE

DATE: March 12, 2016

REPORT NUMBER:

OCCURRED DATE AND TIME: March 11 and 12, 2016

INCIDENT: 2 DUI/DL Checkpoints in the city of Petaluma

LOCATION: Lakeville St. and Petaluma Blvd. North Petaluma

INVOLVED: () SUSPECT

VEHICLE:

Prepared by Sergeant Ron Klein

SUMMARY:

On March 11, 2016 the Petaluma Police Dept. conducted two DUI/DL Checkpoints. The first checkpoint was held in the N/B lanes of Lakeville St. between East Ct. and Wilson St. The checkpoint began at 6:15pm and concluded at 9:00pm. There were 702 vehicles which drove through the checkpoint and a total of 692 drivers were checked for signs of intoxication and having a valid driver’s license. 8 drivers were asked to conduct series of field sobriety tests when it was discovered they had consumed alcohol during the evening. None of those 8 were found to be under the influence of alcohol. 3 drivers were cited for driving without possessing a valid California Driver’s License. 2 drivers were cited for driving on a suspended driver’s license.

One of those drivers Debra Dickerson a 60 year old female from Alameda was suspended for 2 prior DUI convictions the latest of which was in 2012. Dickerson was also court mandated to have in Electronic Interlock Device which would require Dickerson to provide a breath sample prior to being able to start her vehicle. Dickerson’s 2003 Honda Civic was not equipped with the device. She was issued a citation to appear for driving on a suspended driver license, not having the Electronic Interlock Device in her vehicle and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

The second checkpoint was located on Petaluma Blvd. North at Oak St. and ran from 10:30pm until 2:15am. Two drivers were arrested during this checkpoint for DUI. Denis Beaudoin a 21 year old male from Petaluma was stopped by an officer when he attempted to drive around cones in an attempt to avoid the checkpoint. He showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and performed poorly on FST’s. He submitted to a breath test and the result of the test showed he was over the legal limit of .08 BAC. Beaudoin was released to a responsible person with a citation to appear in court for DUI and driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of above .08.

Juan Guzman was contacted by officers after entering the checkpoint at 2:00am. He showed sign of being under the influence and also performed poorly of FST’s. A breath test showed his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit of .08. He was released to a sober, responsible person with a citation to appear for DUI and driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level above .08.

Funding for this program has been provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

PREPARED BY: Traffic Sergeant Ron Klein

CONTACT NUMBER: 707-778-4372

EMAIL: rklein@ci.petaluma.ca.us

Ron Klein;Traffic Sergeant

Petaluma Police Department

969 Petaluma Boulevard North

Petaluma, Ca. 94952

707-778-4372 (main)

rklein@ci.petaluma.ca.us

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Petaluma Police Department
969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

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