CHP conducts DUI checkpoint following Pozo Saloon concert
September 26, 2016
The California Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Saturday night in Santa Margarita. Authorities stopped drivers as they were leaving a concert at the Pozo Saloon.
CHP officers and sheriff’s deputies operated the checkpoint at Highway 58 and Maria Avenue from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. The checkpoint netted four DUI arrests, as well as four citations, according to a CHP press release. Three of the citations were related to invalid driver’s licenses, and the other was issued to a passenger who had an open container of alcohol inside a vehicle.
A total of 790 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Of those vehicles, 248 drivers were screened. The checkpoint caused traffic to back up for about a mile in Santa Margarita.
The Pozo Saloon held its third annual picnic concert on Saturday. The event was scheduled to end at 9 p.m.
Over the last year and a half, two people have died in crashes on Highway 58 that were allegedly caused by drivers leaving Pozo Saloon concerts.
On April 25, 2015, Donna Dean Magee, 56, of Templeton lost control of her Toyota Tacoma following the Pozo Stampede concert. Magee died after driving off the road and landing 25 feet below in a dry creek bed.
On April 30, 2016, Jessica Lea Allred, 23, of San Luis Obispo allegedly caused a fatal collision while driving intoxicated, also on the way back from the Pozo Stampede. Allred allegedly crossed a double yellow line and crashed head-on into Denise Lyn Fox, 56, of Santa Margarita.
Fox was pronounced dead at the scene. CHP officials have since recommended that prosecutors charge Allred with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury to another person and causing great bodily injury to another person.