DUI Checkpoint Nets 2 DUI Arrests


The Chico Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Thursday March 31st, 2022. The checkpoint was located on Walnut Street (S/R 32) between W. 2nd Street and W. 3rd Street. The checkpoint was open from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

During that 4-hour period, 625 vehicles came through the checkpoint. 2 subjects were arrested for DUI and their vehicles were towed from the scene. In addition to those arrested, 9 drivers were cited for operating a vehicle while unlicensed or with a suspended license.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.

Those caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.

Chico PD reminds drivers that impaired driving does not only involve alcohol. Marijuana also impairs one’s ability to drive safely and can also land you in custody for DUI. Additionally, some prescription medications can impair your ability to drive safely. Always check the medication label to see if it warns you of driving or operating machinery.

Chico PD will be conducting more DUI saturation patrols during the month of April and another DUI/CDL checkpoint. We are committed in keeping our streets safe for all those traveling. Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Highway Patrol.

Supervisor: Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz

Watch Commander: Lt. Ben Love

The Chico Police Department is committed to ensuring our community is a safe place to live, work, and recreate within!

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