Sixty people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs last weekend during an ongoing, holiday anti-drunken driving program by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and other county law enforcement agencies, deputies reported Monday, Dec. 17.
The DUI arrests, during a 48-hour sweep that started at 12:01 a.m. Friday and concluded at midnight Saturday, came from routine traffic stops and special DUI deployments overnight in Santa Clara County, deputies said.
The recent patrol is part of the 16-day Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown involving regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers, multiple DUI and driver's license checkpoints, multi-agency DUI Task Force operations and roving DUI patrols throughout the county, deputies said.
Of the 60 arrests, the highest number took place Saturday by the San Jose Police Department, which brought 14 DUI suspects into custody, and sheriff's deputies next with six arrests the same day, deputies said.
Deputies and officers from other county law enforcement jurisdictions made a total of 78 arrests during the same 48-hour period in 2011, deputies said.
The holiday-time campaign, to run through midnight Jan. 1., received its funding from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tweeting against drunken driving
The Mountain View Police Department is taking to social media this week in an effort to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence.
The department has just announced its Avoid the 13 DUI Tweet-a-Long on Friday, Dec. 21. Each year the MVPD holds an anti-DUI campaign called "Avoid the 13," a department press release explained. This year is no different, except for the fact that there will be one officer charged with "live-tweeting" the entire day while riding with another officer in a squad car dedicated to finding suspected DUI offenders.
Lt. Mike Fisher of the Mountain View Police Department "will ride along with a patrol officer who will focus on DUI enforcement for the annual Avoid the 13 campaign. Lt. Fisher will tweet regular updates about his partner's efforts as well as DUI relevant information on the MVPD Twitter feed." You can follow the MVPD at @MountainViewPD and look for tweets specifically related to the campaign under the hashtag #Mvavoid13.
An unknown man punched a bouncer in the face outside of Molly Magees, a Castro Street bar, on Dec. 17, police said.
The man, described as a black adult in his mid-20s, had apparently been ejected from the bar for improper behavior, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson. After punching the security guard, the man fled and was not found.
The bouncer desires prosecution against the man, who was said to be about 6 feet tall and wearing a dark colored shirt.
A man was robbed at gunpoint in the 2400 block of Latham Street at about 4 p.m. on Dec. 12, according to police.
The thieves made off with the victim's wallet, about $300 in cash and his cell phone, after meeting with him on the pretense that they would sell him gift cards, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.
Thompson said that the victim, a 26-year-old Oakland man, had arranged to meet and buy the cards. At that time, the victim met a woman, who was with a man. That man pulled a dark colored handgun on the victim and demanded his wallet and cell phone.
The victim surrendered the money and his phone and the woman and the man got into what the victim described as a 2000s model light brown Jeep Cherokee and drove off.
The thieves were described as a black man and black woman, both in their mid- to late-20s. The woman was said to be 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. The man was said to be about 6 feet tall, of medium build and wearing dark colored clothing, Thompson said.
Police are not saying at this time how the meeting was arranged and whether the victim knew the thieves. Thompson did say that the meeting was not arranged through Craigslist.