VPD curbs 27 drivers at DUI checkpoint

Visalia Police Department arrests four drivers for drunk driving, cites 23 others for driving violations through a DUI checkpoint

VISALIA – A DUI checkpoint recently set up in the city resulted in a hard driving lesson for almost thirty individuals.

On the night of Sept. 8, VPD officers conducted a DUI checkpoint in the area of Mineral King Avenue and Bridge Street. As a result, four people were arrested for driving under the influence and 23 were cited for driving with a suspended/revoked license or without a license.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on reported incidents of impaired driving related crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints is to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off roads.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sept. 8

Man Behind Bars for Vandalism, Resisting Arrest and Preventing Victim from Calling 9-1-1

Just after 2 p.m, VPD officers were called to Perez Law Firm in the 1300 block of W. Center Ave. for a client vandalizing the business. When officers arrived on scene, they contacted Juan Manzano, 34.

Manzano refused to comply with the officers and became physical with them. Officers deployed their taser and the suspect was taken into custody. No injuries were sustained.

Throughout the investigation, officers found that Manzano caused approximately $5,000 worth of damage to the business, threatened an employee and physically stopped another employee from calling 911.

He was booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for felony vandalism, criminal threats, resisting and damaging a communication device to prevent help.

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