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* Hector Marin Santa Rosa man arrested for DUI with approx seven priors

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Police conducted a DUI checkpoint Friday night, just two days after officers responding to a traffic crash arrested an allegedly drunken driver who had seven prior convictions for driving under the influence in at least three California counties.At about 6 p.m. Wednesday, police arrived at the intersection of Range Avenue and Guerneville Road and found a 2002 Mercury Sable and a 2000 Land Rover in the roadway.Witnesses told police that the driver of the Mercury Sable, 46-year-old Santa Rosa resident Hector Marin, broadsided the Land Rover, which had been traveling through the intersection with a green light.Upon further investigation, police determined that Marin had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.Investigators checked Marin’s DUI history and noted several prior convictions.Marin was subsequently arrested for driving while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, violating the terms of his probation for a prior DUI conviction, driving on a suspended driver’s license and failing to maintain a vehicle interlock device for detecting alcoholic beverages.Among his history of DUI convictions, Marin was twice convicted prior to 1988, has three convictions in Sonoma County between April 1992 and October 1999, a May 2005 conviction in Marin County and, most recently, a conviction in Mendocino County from October 2009.As of Thursday, Marin was in custody at Sonoma County Jail and was being held on a probation violation.Neither driver was injured as a result of the crash.In an effort to reduce the number of people injured or killed in alcohol-involved crashes, police conducted a DUI checkpoint Friday night.That traffic operation is the ninth such checkpoint funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.The public is encouraged to call 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

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