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* 1,500 Drivers Screened 11 Arrested at DUI Check Point at Bodega Avenue and Ruth Court and East Washington Street at Kenilworth Drive in Petaluma

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Police in Petaluma arrested 11 people at two drunken driving checkpoints Friday night and early this morning.  The checkpoints were conducted at Bodega Avenue and Ruth Court between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, and at East Washington Street at Kenilworth Drive from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., according to the Petaluma Police Department.  Officers reported screening 1,571 drivers for possible DUI or driver’s license offenses, 72 of whom were taken off the road for further investigation. Eleven were eventually arrested. One driver was arrested for DUI and violation of DUI probation, one for battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, one for drug possession, two for driving on a suspended license and six for driving without a license, according to police. Stephen Schmid, 55, of Petaluma, was arrested after he allegedly skidded to a stop, exited his vehicle and charged an officer, hitting him in the face. He was booked at Sonoma County Jail, according to police. The officer was not injured. The checkpoints are funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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