South San Francisco, CA July 23, 2018 Submitted by SSFPD
Some think if they just don’t show up for a court hearing, the police won’t have the manpower to come find them. If your violation is a DUI, don’t count on it.
South San Francisco Police Department Officers with dozens of outstanding DUI arrest warrants fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk DUI offenders today. Officers served warrants and arrested three offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case.
“The best bet for anyone with a missed DUI court date is to go to court on their own now,” said Lt. Keith Wall. “If you don’t, that warrant isn’t going away. We’re going to come find you and take you to jail.”
Those caught often face additional jail time for failing to appear in court or for violating probation. When family, friends, and co-workers find out, violators can also face personal embarrassment as they are lead away in handcuffs, as well as missing work while sitting in jail. Although only three suspects were located and arrested, officers and detectives are following up on leads for the locations of several dozen other suspects. Those with outstanding DUI warrants are encouraged to contact the courts and make new court dates or surrender on their warrants to their local police department before officers find them and arrest them at an inconvenient time.
Special DUI Warrant Service Operations along with regularly scheduled ‘High Visibility’ DUI enforcement has a deterrent effect on those who disregard driving safety and abuse alcohol and drugs. South San Francisco PD places a high priority on lowering deaths and injury with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers; Call 9-1-1!