FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Announces Results of DUI Court Sting Operation
SANTA ANA, Calif. – (November 18, 2014) – On Monday, November 17, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies conducted an undercover ‘Court Sting’ operation at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach targeting suspected DUI drivers whose licenses where suspended/revoked or who were unlicensed drivers.
Deputies staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive and/or who had been told of their license suspension. 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, two individuals in court for DUI proceeded to get behind the wheel and drove away from the courthouse.
Those who chose to drive were stopped near the courthouse by waiting deputies. Among those stopped for driving while suspended or unlicensed were Shelley Anne Christensen (10-21-70) and Eric (NMN) Merin (04-23-81). Both offenders received a misdemeanor traffic citation for driving on a suspended license and their vehicles were impounded for thirty days.
Those arrested today could face additional jail time, longer driver license suspensions, along with other financial ramifications; including attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
DUI Court Sting stakeout operations, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, serve as a proven deterrent with the goal of keeping impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness among the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
This special DUI operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Please help the Orange County Sheriff’s Department every day of the week: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!
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