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Malibu Checkpoint Nets 20 Arrests, 3 of Those for DUI

Friday night's DUI checkpoint resulted in 20 arrests, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies said. Patch file photo.
Friday night's DUI checkpoint resulted in 20 arrests, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies said. Patch file photo.
A sobriety checkpoint Los Angeles County deputies set up Friday in Malibu netted 20 arrests, three of those for DUI, officials said.

A total of 1,150 drivers rolled through the checkpoint on Pacific Coast Highway between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department press release.
"This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in Malibu," says the release.

Of the arrests, three were for driving under the suspicion of being drunk, one for refusing to comply with deputies at the checkpoint, three more for having traffic warrants and 10 for driving without a license. 

Here are the key stats:
  • 1330 vehicles through the checkpoint 
  • 1150 drivers checked at the checkpoint 
  • Three DUI – Alcohol suspect arrested 
  • One suspect was arrested on suspicion of refusing to comply with checkpoint procedures
  • Three suspects were arrested for traffic warrants and sent to court 
  • Three suspended / revoked drivers were arrested and sent to court 
  • 10 unlicensed drivers were arrested and sent to court 
  • One vehicle was stored for one day 
  • Three vehicles were impounded for 30 days 
  • Nine vehicles were released per checkpoint release procedures 
Mahalo April 08, 2014 at 02:34 PM
I believe it was at John Tyler/PCH. That location doesn't make sense. PCH south/east bound at Carbon makes sense or same direction Big Rock makes sense. Be Safe All.
Penny Arévalo April 08, 2014 at 02:55 PM
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R Y A N April 08, 2014 at 03:01 PM
The checkpoint was westbound PCH in front of Pepperdine (raised median and no intersecting driveways/escape routes) between Malibu Canyon Road and John Tyler Drive. The #2 lane was closed and used to store vehicles, locate the generator and Kleg lighting, and space to complete their operations/tows. One of two motorcycle cops had pulled-over a civilian motorcyclist on northbound Malibu Canyon Road -- likely an intercept to a believed checkpoint evader -- who was performing getting a dexterity test. The delay was 10 minutes and excessive in that I turned onto PCH from Malibu Canyon Road and couldn't judge the back-up coming up the hill from Webb Way. I saw a few civilian vehicles parked in front of Pepperdine as casualties of the checkpoint. In this single-lane search, about 5 vehicles in front of me were waved through; I was stopped and tested for no obvious reason other than being a single occupant, middle-aged male, in a Mercedes S-Class. The uniformed officer stuck the breathalyzer-based "sniffing" flashlight in my face and asked me the drinking question. It was the reading on the flashlight that passed me, not my answer. The choice of this location is questionable in that so few vehicles pass through it over the span of the checkpoint. Many can simply turn right or left at Malibu Canyon Road, and chased for no probably cause other than making lawful turning movements. A much better location is between Cross Creek Road and Webb Way, but Civic Center merchants' objections have apparently forced the Sheriff's hand to exclude out-of-town restaurant patrons coming from or returning to the Valley. Instead, western Malibu and Point Dume residents bear the brunt of the delays and potential searches. Not surprising were NO insurance violations mentioned -- unheard of in a normal sampling of 1,000 vehicles. We're checking the wrong sampling of vehicles.
Ann Tomkins April 10, 2014 at 06:52 PM
I'm not a fan of checkpoints. Can I just take Malibu Road to avoid the John Tyler/PCH Checkpoint?

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