Pasadena police plan DUI checks

Pasadena police plan DUI checks
Pasadena Police

Pasadena police plan a DUI crackdown.

Pasadena police will run DUI saturation patrols throughout the city Friday. The patrols will operate between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Police did not reveal the location of the event. Officers concentrate on areas with “high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.”

Grant money from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds the crackdown. Other departments also use the grants.

Police urged motorists to report drunken drivers by calling 9-1-1.

A DUI checkpoint in Lancaster netted one arrest for DUI and seven citations to drivers who were driving without a license or driving on a suspended license. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department operated the checkpoint.

A suspected drunken driver caused a fatal collision in February on the 134 Freeway in West Pasadena. Officials said Chris Nelson, 41 a Monrovia man, was killed in the accident. Nelson left behind a son and three daughters. His father was also killed in a drunk driving incident, family members said.

Last year Pasadena police Chief Phillip Sanchez outlined for the Pasadena Star-News the devastation of drunken driving in the community.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed five lives and resulted in 77 injury crashes harming 125 of our friends and neighbors,” Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.