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Sonora’s DUI Arrests Up By 50 Percent

Sonora, CA — Sonora Police Department released its 2012 end of the year crime statistics and the Chief says some were startling. The statistics showed a 50 percent jump in DUI and drug arrests in 2012 over 2011. Also, the number of accidents caused by DUI drivers went up by nearly half.
Chief Mark Stinson says, “The numbers are disturbing, but the statistics help us strategize with our personnel to target the trouble spot. We’ll get more officers into specialized training for spotting the impaired drivers and those under the influence of narcotics. We are kind of limited on staffing, but we’ll still go ahead and try to get everyone trained the best we can to look for these things and hopefully we’ll send the message; it will not be tolerated in the city of Sonora.”
There are some bright spots general thefts, burglaries, domestic violence cases and total traffic collisions dropped.

Here is a breakdown of the numbers:

TYPE OF INCIDENT 2012 2011

  • ANIMAL CALLS 429 393
  • BURGLARIES  121  131
  • CALLS FOR SERVICE  6,932 6,454
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 42 52
  • DUI ACCIDENTS  13 8
  • DUI ARRESTS  112 54
  • DRUG ARRESTS  152 60
  • FELONY ASSAULTS  26 29
  • FELONY ARRESTS  240  240
  • INCOMING PHONE CALLS  39,598  30,229
  • MISDEMEANOR ASSAULTS  57  59
  • MISDEMEANOR ARRESTS  707 562
  • MOVING CITATIONS  731  397
  • NUMBER OF ARRESTS 947  815
  • OTHER THEFTS  263  301
  • PUBLIC INTOXICATION  176  136
  • TRAFFIC COLLISIONS  170 182
  • TOTAL INCIDENTS 14,903 12,766

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