Five arrests made at two San Diego County checkpoints

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police in Escondido and National City continued their efforts Friday to lowering deaths and injuries due to drunk driving. Five arrests were made at the checkpoints in the two cities, police said.

Three motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving. Two were arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine and heroin and probation violations, police said.

The checkpoint in Escondido was in operation from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and stopped 1,120 vehicles leading to five impounded vehicles, eight citations for suspended license, driving without a license, and not having proof of insurance, Lt. Mike Kearney said. The arrests for alleged drug possession were made at the Escondido checkpoint as well.

The Escondido checkpoint was set up near Avenida Del Diablo and West Valley Parkway, Kearney said.

In National City, near the 200 Miles of Cars, 570 vehicles were screened at the checkpoint, leading to one arrest for alleged drunk-driving, Sgt. Jeffrey Meeks said. Police also made twelve citations and arrests for driving unlicensed vehicles or driving with suspended or revoked license, Meeks said. Eight cars were impounded.

National City will conduct another drunk-driving checkpoint in April and continue their Saturation Patrols, Meeks said. 

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