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Angels Camp ‘Saturation Patrol’ Makes DUI Arrests

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Angels Camp, CA – Last weekend, while folks were celebrating “The Big Game,” the Angels Camp Police Department, during a “DUI saturation patrol” made four related arrests.

Friday, Feb. 6, police shared the results of its enhanced patrols, which follow here:

On Sunday, Feb. 1, at approximately 10:15 p.m. during a traffic stop on South Main Street near Stockton Road for equipment violations, an officer arrested Christopher Lynch, 62, of Sonora, on drug charges. After an Angels Camp Police Department K9 conducted a sniff of the exterior of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle, officers made a search and located approximately .2 grams of methamphetamine and several different types of pills. Police subsequently arrested Lynch and booked him into the Calaveras County Jail on two DUI drug charges and possession of a controlled substance.

Saturday, Jan. 31, around 9:15 p.m., officers dispatched to the 1200 block of South Main Street for a report of a “hit and run” found, upon arrival that Jimmy Weber, 71, of Angels Camp, detained by a group of citizens. Weber admitted to driving a vehicle, hitting a nearby ore cart display and adjacent stair railing. After police determined that he was under the influence of alcohol, they arrested him on two DUI charges as well as for a hit-and-run with property damage. At approximately 10 p.m., police arrested Alfred Martinez, 43, of Jackson on two DUI counts following a traffic stop on South Main Street near Pine Street for driving at a high rate of speed and running a stop sign. At around 11:15 p.m., after making a traffic stop on Highway 4 near Borbe Ranch Road for an expired registration, police arrested Russell Irish, 48, of Vallecito, on two DUI charges.

Last weekend’s checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Angels Camp Police Department says it plans to conduct more DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols in the coming months in the interest of increasing public safety on the roads.