A driver’s license and sobriety checkpoint that stretched into Thursday in La Quinta nabbed a dozen people for various criminal offenses, authorities said.
Deputies conducted the checkpoint between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday on Avenue 52, west of Jefferson Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Sgt. Chris Olsen said 515 drivers were screened. Twelve people were taken into custody in total — four on suspicion of driving under the influence, four on suspicion of driving without a license and four people who either had an active warrant out for their arrest or were caught with drugs, the sergeant said.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on historical data related to DUI crashes and arrests.
Over the last two years, sheriff’s deputies in La Quinta investigated 59 DUI collisions in which two people died and 21 others suffered injuries.
Those arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can spend time in jail and pay up to $13,500, including fines, fees, classes, license suspensions and other expenses.