Media Release: Drunk Decoy Operation in Encinitas and Solana Beach, San Diego County California:
Date of Occurrence: 04-22-2011
Time of Occurrence: 1500-2000 hours
DUI Lawyers just learned that the Encinitas Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Unit, in collaboration with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, conducted a Drunk Decoy Operation in the cities of Encinitas, Solana Beach. The operation involved deputy sheriffs and an ABC investigator who worked in an undercover capacity This operation was developed by local law enforcement agencies in an effort to test locations that sell alcohol. The test is conducted to find out if they noticed a patron may have had too much to drink and was displaying signs and symptoms of being obviously intoxicated.
Deputies had to feign a level of intoxication that will be obvious to the server and any uninvolved bystanders. The Decoy deputies were trained by ABC personnel prior to the operation to ensure consistency in performance while displaying the objective symptoms throughout the operation. Alcohol is sprayed on the decoy deputies outer clothing prior to entering each location to simulate an odor consistent with intoxication.
No citations were issued as the decoy deputy was merely feigning intoxication. Immediate on-site training with the involved clerk and/or management was provided and follow-up training via a scheduled ABC presentation is offered to all employees at a later date.
During this operation a total of 10 off-sale establishments were visited. A total of 8 individuals sold to the decoy deputy.
This operation was funded through a grant awarded by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Attorneys ask DUI checkpoint operations in San Diego county - now this?!