The Memorial Day Weekend Avoid the 12 – DUI Campaign has concluded with the deployment of two Sobriety Checkpoints, six special DUI Saturation Patrols and officers on routine patrol focusing special attention towards the impaired driver working to lower deaths/injuries on our streets and highways.

From 12:01 AM Friday, May 24, 2013 through Midnight Monday, May 27, 2013 officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies arrested 40 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. During the same four-day period last year, only four DUI arrests were made during the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend. There were no DUI-related fatalities.

Ceres Police had an incident last night at around 11:00 PM where a driver turned around to avoid going through the DUI checkpoint located in the westbound lanes of the 3000 block of Hatch Road. Ceres Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver fled at a high rate of speed eastbound on Hatch Road. The driver turned south on Eastgate and continued at speeds over 80+ mph with officers in pursuit. The driver was traveling too fast to negotiate the roundabout at Helen Perry Road and collided into several raised concrete barriers, disabling his vehicle. Ceres Police Officers took the driver, identified as 30 year old Ceres resident Bernabe Orejel, into custody without incident. According to the initial testing, Orejel’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. Orejel has a prior DUI and was driving on a DUI-restricted license at the time of this incident. Orejel was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.

Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid Anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region during the Independence Day holiday period and the 18 day campaign in August ending Labor Day weekend.

Local departments, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol encourage all motorists to watch for and report impaired drivers each and every trip around town or during summer vacations: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1! any time you encounter a dangerous driver. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.