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Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Announces Results of DUI Court Sting Operation
SANTA ANA, Calif. (August 26, 2014) – On Monday, August 25, 2014, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department conducted an undercover ‘Court Sting’ operation at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach which targeted suspected drivers whose licenses were suspended or revoked due to a prior DUI. The undercover operation was part of the ‘Avoid the 38’ Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI Campaign, which is scheduled to continue through midnight on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.
Deputies from the DUI Task Force staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive or who had their license suspended. Eight offenders were followed by deputies from courtrooms to their vehicles to ensure that they were not driving. While some offenders complied with the law and had alternate means of transportation, three individuals proceeded to get behind the wheel and drive away from the court house.
Those who chose to drive were stopped by waiting deputies and arrested for driving on a suspended license. The offenders were then released from the scene and their vehicles were impounded for 30 days. The individuals arrested could face additional jail time and long driver’s license suspensions, along with other financial hits including attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects.
DUI Court Sting stakeout operations, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, serve as a proven deterrent to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol by keeping impaired drivers off the roadway and heightening awareness among the public. Remember, Report Drunk Drivers-Call 9-1-1!
This special DUI operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.