Sobriety checkpoint nets five arrests

Three drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving drunk during a sobriety checkpoint conducted overnight Saturday, police said.

From 9 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Burbank police screened 1,278 drivers who passed through the checkpoint at the intersection of Olive and Pass avenues for signs of intoxication, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

During the operation, 26 drivers were detained for field-sobriety tests.

Additionally, one person was arrested for having an outstanding warrant, and another for a drug-related charge.

Nine citations were issued to unlicensed drivers, and three to individuals driving with a suspended license.

The checkpoint, funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, was conducted “to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, to serve as a deterrent to driving while impaired and to reduce the number of persons killed or seriously injured in alcohol-related traffic collisions,” Ryburn said in a statement.

Four other people were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving elsewhere in the city while the checkpoint was being conducted.


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