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Saint Patrick's Day checkpoints produce dozens of violations

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - At least 39 revelers were facing drunken driving charges Monday following their arrests in police crackdowns throughout San Diego County over the Saint Patrick's Day weekend.

The crackdowns began Saturday with both checkpoints and beefed-up patrols in the South Bay and along the coast.

A checkpoint erected in the 600 block of E Street in Chula Vista on Saturday netted four DUI arrests and two dozen citations for license violations, according to Chula Vista police. A total of 2,468 vehicles passed through it, and 22 field sobriety tests were given, four of which resulted in arrests.

In addition to the DUI arrests, one motorist was arrested on suspicion of violating probation for a previous DUI conviction, one person was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession, and one, on suspicion of possessing stolen property, police said.

Twenty-four motorists were cited for driving without a license or driving with a suspended or revoked license, and 10 citations were issued for various traffic violations, police said.

Also on Saturday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department expanded patrols in Encinitas and arrested 19 people on suspicion of drunken driving.

Other people were cited for being drunk in public, possession of an open alcoholic container, urinating in public and being a minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage, authorities said.

In Imperial Beach, the sheriff's department set up a DUI checkpoint Saturday that netted two arrests for public drunkenness. Seven other citations were issued for license violations. Two vehicles were impounded.

In the city of San Diego, police teamed with the California Highway Patrol to operate a checkpoint in the 1400 block of G Street Sunday night.

A total of 936 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 38 drivers were given sobriety tests, according to SDPD Officer Mark McCullough, who said 16 of those were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. One had a 15-month-old child in her vehicle and was also arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, he said.

Two other motorists refused to stop for officers and had their tires deflated by police, McCullough said.

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