Pair busted for drugs after fleeing Atascadero checkpoint

December 23, 2014

police chaseAtascadero police arrested two suspects for possessing illegal drugs for sale on Friday night after they tried to flee a sobriety checkpoint.

Police set up the DUI checkpoint on Morro Road between the hours of 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. The checkpoint netted no DUI suspects, but police made two drug-related arrests.

The arrests occurred after a vehicle made an illegal turn to avoid the checkpoint. Officers stopped the car and determined that two people inside had outstanding warrants and were carrying drugs for sale.

Police arrested one suspect for possession of heroin for sale and the second for possession of methamphetamine for sale.

The checkpoint also led to four citations of motorists driving unlicensed vehicles or driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Police vow to increase enforcement of DUI laws during the holidays.

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Suspects’ description and residents’? Local guy?

In the eyes of our justice system, if it were properly functioning, it really does not matter that they had drugs. This is particularly important because so many laws are passed with the implicit understanding that enforcement is restrained by our Constitutional rights, otherwise they would never garner the necessary support to pass.

In that context, the most egregious violation of the rule of the law here was the police using a checkpoint for the UNDERSTOOD PURPOSE of finding ways to violate the right of citizens against unreasonable search and seizure. It is understood because like the facts show across the board, nearly without any exception, DUI checkpoints are EXREMELY ineffective at reducing drunk driving and/or enforcement of DUI laws. If 99/100 times you set up a checkpoint, only 5% of the people you catch violating the law are doing so by breaking a law related to DUIs, then you CLEARLY understand that you are lying to people when you call it a DUI checkpoint. How then can people put so much trust into the word of law enforcement when they seek to subvert the law on a daily basis.

And this doesn’t even get to the fact that DUI laws, since their inception, have not reduced the percentage of alcohol related traffic fatalities to all traffic fatalities by even a single percent. Reductions in traffic fatalities are pretty well uniform across the cause spectrum because the only effective work that has been done in this area is the production of safer automobiles.

DUI checkpoints are unconstitutional and should be prohibited.

I never drink and drive and don’t use drugs but when I see a checkpoint, I use a different route.

The problem with the argument is that the US Supreme Court ruled that public safety concerns outweigh the intrusion, so the DUI Checkpoints are not a violation of the constitution and basically punted to the states to decide.

The perps in the car had outstanding warrants, which authorizes their arrest and search and seizure. Wrong place at wrong time for them, but I can’t say society is worse off for cops arresting people who have an arrest warrant.

I’m not a big fan of intrusion either, but the way our system is set up, if the Supreme Court says its so, then it is so (see Obamacare).

Yup, exactly. That’s the same Supreme Court that says it’s ok to kill another human being as long as it’s still mostly inside it’s mother.