CHECKPOINT: 23 Unlicensed Drivers Stopped, One Suspected DUI Driver Arrested

Photo courtesy of Glendora Police.

Glendora Police conducted a DUI/driver license checkpoint Friday, where numerous unlicensed drivers were cited and one led police on a brief chase.

The department’s traffic unit screened 2,869 vehicles. Four drivers were arrested, one for DUI, two for driving on suspended licenses and one for attempting to flee police.

A driver refused to comply with commands to stop at the checkpoint and a brief foot chase began. The suspect was eventually arrested, police said in a written statement.

One driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, having a blood-alcohol content of two-and-a-half times over the legal limit, police said.

Officers additionally stopped 23 unlicensed drivers, issued 30 citations and towed 15 vehicles, police said.

The checkpoint was held December 18 on Lone Hill Avenue near Auto Centre Drive from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. December 19.

Arrests:

  • James Loaiza, 51, arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
  • Lawrence Slattery, 57, arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
  • Louis Martinez, 59, arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit.
  • Joseph Gugino, 39, arrested on suspicion of felony reckless evading police and driving with suspended license.

Of those arrested, Gugino is still being held in the Glendora jail. The others were issued citations and released.

This checkpoint was dedicated to Linda Schilz, who was killed by a drunk driver in Glendora in 2007. Linda was a nurse at an area hospital where she worked in labor and delivery. She was struck and killed by a speeding vehicle driven by an intoxicated man less than a mile from her home.

Schilz’s three sons and their families attended the checkpoint, police said.

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