Saturday, July 23, 2011

Del Mar Race Track brings out San Diego area DUI cops out of the woodwork, resulting in 15 drunk driving arrests - perhaps 80% of stops were unlawful?

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department & Avoid DUI Task Force staked a major DUI enforcement detail roving around the Del Mar Race Track during the Opening Day at the Races.

From 3:00 p.m. to midnight on July 20th, 2011, DUI Deputies and Drunk Driving Police Officers from the National City Police Department, Chula Vista Police Department, San Diego Police Department, Oceanside Police Department, San Diego Harbor Police Department, Coronado Police Department, San Diego County Probation Department and Alcohol Beverage Control made 349 traffic stops. Wow. Lots of "OT" there.

Of the 349 drivers stopped, 56 were subject to DUI evaluation with about a quarter those arrested (so nearly 75% were incorrect suspicions?)

15 arrests were made for San Diego DUI, 4 arrests for driver’s operating their vehicle on a suspended license and 2 drug possession arrests made. 14 vehicles were impounded.

Here's the interesting fact, say lawyers: 35 Vehicle Code citations were issued for different traffic violations.

So 35 traffic violations out of 349 stops. That's only about 10% of legitimate reasons for stops. Assuming there were legitimate reasons to stop the folks arrested for San Diego DUI, that number approaches maybe 14%? So perhaps 86 or 87% or so of the stops were without any legal basis or underlying infraction? Stops based on mere suspicion, hunch or curiosity are unlawful with all evidence subject to suppression, attorneys note!

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