Law enforcement agencies in Sonoma County arrested and cited eight people with suspended driver’s licenses after they drove away following an appearance at the Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. Wednesday’s sting, occurring between 8:30 a.m. and noon, was part of the Avoid the 13’s Winter Mobilization Period running from Dec. 14 to Jan. 2. Police from Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Cotati, and Sebastopol, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and California State Parks participated in the sting.
Officers in plain clothes monitored defendants who were in court for DUI offenses and suspended and unlicensed violations. Undercover officers followed the defendants when they walked to their vehicles following their court appearances. Officers in patrol cars and motorcycles pulled them over after they drove away. All eight of the vehicles were stopped and impounded for 30 days, Petaluma police Sgt. Ken Savano, head of the county’s Avoid the 13 Task Force said.
The driver’s licenses of four of the eight people were suspended because of a DUI conviction, Savano said. Residents of Ukiah, Oakland and Vallejo were among the eight who were arrested. The suspended driver’s license courthouse sting is conducted periodically in an attempt to catch dangerous drivers and reduce alcohol related fatal and injury collisions through increased law enforcement and public awareness.
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