Driver Tries to Escape DUI Checkpoint

A total of 14 arrests were made at a Bay Park checkpoint

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    A DUI checkpoint set up in Bay Park Friday night netted 14 arrests, including one arrest stemming from a suspected DUI driver who tried to escape the checkpoint, police said.

    According to Officer Mark McCullough, the DUI checkpoint was conducted by the San Diego Police Department in the 4200 block of Mission Bay Drive from 10:55 p.m. until 3 a.m.

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    During that time, 1,295 cars passed through and 645 of those vehicles were contacted by officers.

    In one instance, police said a driver failed to stop for officers at the checkpoint, and a short pursuit ensued. That driver was ultimately stopped and arrested on suspicion of DUI, felony evading an officer and driving on a suspended license.

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    In all, police said 29 motorists were detained for further sobriety evaluations. From there, a total of 14 DUI-related arrests were made and 15 vehicles were impounded.

    The Bay Park checkpoint was made possible by a special “DUI Mini Grant” from UC Berkeley.