Two Arrested on Suspicion of Drunken Driving at Malibu Checkpoint

The deputies also impound three vehicles during the checkpoint at Pacific Coast Highway and John Tyler Drive.

Two motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving during a sobriety checkpoint in Malibu, a sheriff's sergeant said Sunday.

Deputies impounded three vehicles during the checkpoint at Pacific Coast Highway and John Tyler Drive that began at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and concluded at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Phillip Brooks of the sheriff's Malibu station.

Deputies also issued 14 driver's license citations, Brooks said.

A second checkpoint was held Friday night at Tuna Canyon and Pacific Coast Highway.

Mahalo December 16, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I thought it was supposed to be on Friday??? How ever are we supposed to prepare. ;)
Shelley Marks Kramer December 16, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I was driving home from the city on Friday night, where law officers were set up in the middle of PCH before Moonshadows. Like others have said before, there must have been 30 officers, standing around, looking and talking with each other, not looking at drivers at all. There was no traffic control for people driving south on PCH. So people could go to restaurants have drinks, then drive back to the city, without any stopping at a check point. Why don;t they have them in both directions? This did not make any sense. Why have so many officers there, just standing around talking and not observing drivers? also why put a patrol car on PCH with no officer, no dummy, no lights on at all. I feel it would be better to even have a dummy sitting in the car with some kind of led light on, so drivers may slow down. With no one in the car and no lights on, drivers simply drive their usual high speed right past the unattended police cars.
Jessica E. Davis December 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
The article by a local wire service had the dates wrong. The checkpoint was on Friday. I've updated the article to reflect the correct dates.
Zuma Skipper December 17, 2012 at 02:45 AM
There were two DUI Checkpoints in the Malibu over the weekend. One was conducted Friday night on PCH just West of Topanga Canyon Blvd. The other was conducted on Saturday night at PCH and John Tyler.
Ken Coplon December 17, 2012 at 03:00 AM
two arrests for all that personnel ... we would be better off if all those officers were patrolling and looking for offenders rather than expecting offenders to voluntarily come to them ...
Jessica E. Davis December 17, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Sorry for any confusion. There were two checkpoints this weekend. One on Friday night at Tuna Canyon and PCH and the other on Saturday night at John Tyler and PCH. I hope that clears things up.
Cece Stein December 17, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Maybe the word got out and the check point program is working to keep intoxicated drivers off PCH!
David Armstead December 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
After the last round of comments on the DUI checkpoints in the patch last week or so it was nice to see that the Sheriff had implemented better and different techniques. As usual I was on my way home Friday night and passed through the one at Tuna Cyn it was well run with two lanes instead of one and not at John Tyler where it is set up only to catch west end locals letting drunks from town turn off at Malibu Cyn with impunity. The Tuna checkpoint did not have much back up and I moved through rather quickly due to the two lanes. I am glad that some improvements were made although there were still way too many officers doing nothing standing around. I would be interested to see the number comparison of those caught between the two checkpoints. However, they would be off a bit due to the raining weather on Friday and the group of protesters alerting everyone of the checkpoint at Topanga and PCH. Never seen that before but they had signs and were offering rides and parking to anyone who did not want to proceed through to the checkpoint...
Zuma Skipper December 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
It doesn't help when people are on the shoulder a quarter mile before the checkpoint holding signs reading "DUI Checkpoint Ahead" and "Pull over Here and We'll Give You a Ride". Also websites like Mr. Checkpoint let people know pretty quickly where the checkpoints are.
Ann Tomkins December 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Where was the notice for Saturday's checkpoint? Isn't it a violation of the grant to conduct DUI checkpoints without notice?


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