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June 12, 1986 | United Press International
The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down police roadblocks set up at random to catch drunken drivers. The court said they violated state constitutional protections against search and seizure. The ruling was made in the case of Lynda Nelson of Marcola, Ore., who was pulled over and detained at a police roadblock in Lane County on Dec. 17, 1982. She was not intoxicated and was not arrested, but was required to take field sobriety tests.
April 13, 1986
Eighteen people were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint at Canoga Avenue and Victory Boulevard in Canoga Park Friday night and Saturday morning, Los Angeles police reported. Police said that 592 drivers passed through the checkpoint between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 a.m. Saturday and that 21 were given sobriety tests.
December 16, 1996
A police checkpoint set up to encourage safe driving netted seven drunk driving arrests Friday night and Saturday morning. Officers with the Costa Mesa Police Department and the California Highway Patrol stopped and gave sobriety tests to 69 drivers in the northbound lane of Newport Boulevard at Flower Street between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. They arrested four men and three women. Officers handed out safe-driving literature to 652 motorists out of the 3,310 that passed through.
December 22, 1989
The second sobriety checkpoint in as many weeks will be run in Mission Viejo tonight by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Deputies will be stopping vehicles in search of intoxicated drivers at the intersection of Marguerite and Avery parkways between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Last week, deputies stopped 821 vehicles and conducted field sobriety tests on 14 people. Five drivers were arrested and held on drunk-driving charges.
March 28, 1999 | From Associated Press
A woman has been acquitted of drunken driving after claiming that she failed four sobriety tests because she feared she would be beaten by her husband. The battered woman's syndrome defense is often used in murder cases, but Kathleen Barrett is one of the first defendants to use the strategy against a drunken driving charge, said her attorney, Victor Sloan. A jury found Barrett, 35, innocent of driving while under the influence. Instead, she was fined $35 for failing to stay in her lane.
December 20, 1992
An overnight drunk-driving checkpoint here resulted in 17 arrests, police reported Saturday. Checks were conducted at the intersection of Coast Highway and Wave Street between 10 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Bob Rahaeuser said. The checkpoint was jointly coordinated by Laguna Beach officers and sheriff's deputies, who provide police service for Dana Point, Rahaeuser said. Plans for the checkpoint had been announced in advance, as required by law, he said.
December 22, 1991
Gearing up for the holiday season, two county cities set up sobriety checkpoints this weekend to combat drunk driving. On Friday night and Saturday morning, the Brea Police Department set up a checkpoint on Imperial Highway and Viking Avenue. Officers conducted 56 sobriety tests and made 12 arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. One of those arrested was held on suspicion of possessing drugs.
July 1, 1991 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
Nine motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving late Saturday and early Sunday at a checkpoint on Coast Highway, police said. The checkpoint was in operation for southbound traffic from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Coast Highway and Three Arch Bay. Among the 1,726 vehicles that passed through, 518 drivers were given brochures about driving under the influence of alcohol and 16 were given field sobriety tests, police said.
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