S■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor
ome think if they just don’t show up for a court hearing, the police won’t have the manpower to come find them, and in some cities that may be true. However, if your violation is a DUI, don’t count on it. San Jacinto Police Officers armed with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk DUI offenders March 4. Officers served warrants and arrested 10 offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case.
“The best bet for anyone with a missed DUI court date is to go to court on their own now,” said Sgt. Robert Himmelberg “If you don’t, that warrant isn’t going away. We’re going to come find you.” Those caught often face additional jail time for failing to appear in court or for violating probation.
Special DUI Warrant Service Operations along with regularly scheduled ‘High Visibility’ DUI enforcement has a deterrent effect on those who disregard driving safely and abuse alcohol and drugs. The San Jacinto Police Department places a high priority on lowering deaths and injuries with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers; Call 9-1-1!