East County curfew sweep nets 16 violators

SANTEE (CNS) – Sixteen juveniles were caught violating curfew in a sweep
in the East County, authorities announced Friday.

Deputies approached a total of 60 people during the sweep for curfew
violators in Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated El Cajon Thursday night,
according to Sgt. Craig Johnson of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Of the 60, 10 juveniles in Santee and six in Lakeside were arrested for
curfew violation and later released to their parents, the sergeant said. Curfew
hours in the county are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

One of the juveniles was a 14-year-old middle school girl who was
extremely intoxicated, one was in possession of marijuana and another was
arrested on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer, Johnson said.

The sweep came less than 24 hours after students from Santana High
School in Santee got into a tragic late-night racing crash on state Route 52,
following a spring break beach party.

“Last night's tragic death of juveniles from a vehicle collision
involved juveniles from the Santee and (the) East County community,” Johnson
said. “These senseless deaths emphasize and reinforce the need for these types
of (curfew) operations.”

Around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, the East County teens were in two vehicles
racing at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour when one of the vehicles
careened into the center divider and a bridge pillar at Convoy Street and
flipped over. Two teens in the rolled vehicle died at the scene and three
others were hospitalized.

A sixth teen in the second vehicle that was racing was arrested on
suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, being under the influence of marijuana and
racing in a speed contest causing injury. The California Highway Patrol
identified him as 18-year-old Michael S. Johnson of Lakeside.

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