The Los Angeles Police Department scored a two-for-one special on DUI arrests over the weekend. Officers shut down a lane near Sherman Way and White Oak Avenue in Reseda after stopping a suspected drunk driver. While they were investigating, one of their parked vehicles was rear-ended by a second drunk driver. The impact pushed the police cruiser 30 feet into a second cop car. Both the drunk driver’s vehicle and the first cruiser were totaled, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
The unlucky rear-ender reportedly refused a Breathalyzer but was still arrested on suspicion of DUI, as was the person initially pulled over. A person can be convicted of DUI on the basis of the observations, though the case is certainly more difficult. Rear-ending a parked car, however, should help the prosecution’s case.
In another tidbit of DUI-related news from late last week, Malibu is deploying a new tool in their fight against impaired drivers on Pacific Coast Highway and other canyon roads in the area. The Sheriff’s Department announced the addition of a new DUI Mobile Enforcement Unit to the Lost Hills/Malibu Station’s DUI fighting arsenal, reports the Malibu Patch.
The large RV-like vehicle comes stocked with alcohol screening devices, evidence retention equipment, and computers that are connected to law enforcement databases. We’d expect to see it at future DUI checkpoints in the Malibu area. It is also capable of being used as a mobile command center during national disasters. Funding was provided by Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
The new vehicle was announced one day prior to a fatal DUI crash on the Pacific Coast Highway that claimed the life of a 15-year-old passenger of a 19-year-old drunk driver. Hopefully, the new vehicle and other enforcement efforts will reduce the frequency of such accidents in the future.
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