Caution: Please remember that being arrested is not proof of guilt.

Fortuna Police Dept. Press Release:

Fortuna Police Department

The 2012/13 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on drinking drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Sobriety Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrol in the Humboldt County “Avoid the 7 ” DUI Campaign for the past 19 days.

From 12:01 AM Friday December 14th, through Midnight Tuesday January 1, 2013 officers representing 7 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 49 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2011/12 48 DUI arrests occurred during the same time period. During this period, there were also no DUI related fatal collisions.

The following drivers were arrested and booked for DUI in Humboldt County:

Heather Melissa Baluka
Alexander Storm Beard
Kealea Dawn Boldt
Trinton Williams Bramlett
Benjamin Tyler Brower
Tony Burris
Falvio Gille Camesi
Kevin Michael Casey
Brenda Chadwick
David Dean Cunningham
Kira Lynn Daley
Travis Johnathon Docherty
Stephan Kyle Driggers
Liam Edward Duncan
Francis Fedroff
Charles Eugene Freser
Summer Rayann Frye
Russell Jay Green
Charles Hansen
Jamie Holmes
Tony Dean Jasicki
Nicholas Lynn Johnson
Tom Vince Jones
Peter Donald Jones
Jaesen Kanter
Rocky Keene
Keith John Kilinski
Troy Lovergine
Shelly Marie Mauer
Casey William Moore
Ivan Mueting
Andrew Michal Newman
Lucas Arthur Patmore
Michael Clinton Patton
Steven Kelly Pemberton
Joseph Pettit
Douglas John Pyle
Shawna Maria Richards
Michael Stuart Ross
Sean Raymond Rowe
Elijah Ruhl
Johnnie Lynn Rush
Lavenia Rose Smith
Robert Azevedo Sousa
Isaih Gene Stewart
Treson Nicholas Teague
Terry Lee Thomason
Daniel Thomas Walker
Kattie Rae Yocum

These numbers are in comparison to last year’s totals during the holiday period. Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid DUI operations throughout the county and region next during Super Bowl Sunday in February and then again for local St Patrick’s Day Festivities in March. Police and the CHP encourage all motorists to help law enforcement every day:

Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1 anytime you encounter an impaired driver.

DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sobriety checkpoint programs can yield considerable cost savings: $6 for every $1 spent.

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