Local News in Brief : Mobile Unit Nets 151 Drunk Driving Suspects

Police using a mobile booking unit arrested 151 people on suspicion of drunk driving during a three-day crackdown in the Pacoima and Arleta areas, authorities said Sunday.

The Immediate Booking and Release System unit, or IBARS, was in use from 7:15 a.m. Thursday to about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Dennis Zine. During the three days, the number of arrests more than doubled those made previously in similar crackdowns by the special drunk driving task force, Zine said.

The IBARS units consist of computers installed in two buses equipped to perform all procedures involved in arrest and booking. The units allow officers to book a suspect in about 20 minutes instead of the two hours it normally takes to transport a suspect to the police station and perform the booking, Zine said.

They will be set up on seven more dates this month at various locations in the San Fernando Valley, police said.

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