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Santa Rosa police arrested two drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at a DUI checkpoint on Highway 12 on Friday. Police arrested two DUI drivers who attempted to avoid the police DUI/drivers license checkpoint on eastbound lanes of state Highway 12 near Brush Creek Road. Danny Fair, 37, of Santa Rosa turned off the roadway just prior to entering the designated checkpoint area and was stopped by a motorcycle officer, police said.
Fair was arrested for driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages and cited to appear in court, police said. Sergio Santana, 31, of Santa Rosa entered the checkpoint area and attempted to abandon his vehicle, police said. Santana ran from officers but was detained after a short foot pursuit. Santana was found to be under the influence of alcohol and in violation of probation. He was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail, police said.
Police said the checkpoint was conducted to remove impaired drivers and bring awareness to the public of the dangers of driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol. A total of 1,486 vehicles were screened by Santa Rosa police officers at the DUI/license checkpoint Friday, of which two were arrested for on suspicion of DUI. Two drivers were also arrested for driving with a suspended license and 16 were arrested for driving unlicensed, police said.
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