Deputies arrested six people and towed four vehicles during a drunken driving checkpoint in Coachella, a sheriff’s department spokesman said today.
Deputies set up blockades at Grapefruit Boulevard and Ed Mitchell Drive from 7 p.m. Friday until 1:30 a.m. today, and counted 1,000 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, said sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Tapp.
Aubrey Kathryn Howard, 26, of Rancho Mirage; David Edward Gambrall, 32, of Cherry Valley; and Wenceslao Rodriguez, 31, of Coachella, were arrested for suspicion of drunken driving.
Deputies also arrested Angel Quevedo, 32, of Indio, for a felony theft warrant; Julio Perez, 21, of Thermal, for a felony narcotics warrant; and Amado Fajardo, 50, of Coachella, for suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, according to the sergeant.
There were 17 citations issued: 11 for drivers without valid licenses, five for suspended licenses and one for a vehicle with hazardous equipment violations.