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Santa Rosa and Petaluma police cited 10 people for driving without a valid license in courthouse sting

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Santa Rosa and Petaluma police cited 10 people for driving without a valid license or on a suspended license during a sting at the Sonoma County courthouse Tuesday. Police staked out 16 people whose licenses were suspended or revoked for DUI or who were unlicensed and were told by a judge not to drive, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Rich Celli said. Ten people who were in court for DUI or other prior violations drove away from the courthouse in Santa Rosa, Celli said.

They were stopped and cited back into court, and nine vehicles were impounded for 30 days, Celli said. One of the offenders, Victor Ramirez, 32, of Santa Rosa, has five prior convictions in Sonoma County for driving on a suspended license. Police said the DUI courthouse stings and high visibility DUI enforcement are proven deterrents to driving under the influence.

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