News Story


Thousand Oaks - Safety Is Priority in DUI Warrant Sweep
1/6/2015 4:28:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

DUI Warrant Service

Report Number:



Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

January 5, 2015,  10:00 am

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police ' Traffic Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence



Steven Keel



Thousand Oaks





Suspect with Outstanding DUI Warrant

Caught in Thousand Oaks Police Department Sweep

Thousand Oaks, CA ' Some think if they just don't show up for a court hearing, the police won't have the manpower to come find them.  If your violation is a DUI, don't count on it.   Thousand Oaks Police Department Officers with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk DUI offenders yesterday.  Officers arrested one offender who failed to show up for a court date in an outstanding DUI case. 

"The best bet for anyone with a missed DUI court date is to go to court on their own now,' said Thousand Oaks Police Sergeant Brad Clifton.  'If you don't, that warrant isn't going away. We're going to come find you and take you to jail.'

Those caught often face additional jail time for failing to appear in court or for violating probation. When family, friends, and co-workers find out, violators can also face personal embarrassment as they are lead away in handcuffs, as well as missing work while sitting in jail.

Special DUI Warrant Service Operations along with regularly scheduled 'High Visibility' DUI enforcement has a deterrent effect on those who disregard driving safety and abuse alcohol and drugs.  The Thousand Oaks PD places a high priority on lowering deaths and injury with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers; Call 9-1-1!

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Prepared by:

Sergeant Brad Clifton


Media Release Date:

January 6, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Brad Clifton



Approved by:


Captain Jim Fryhoff



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).