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Results of Thousand Oaks DUI & Driver's License Checkpoint
9/6/2016 6:15:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

DUI and Driver's License Checkpoint

Report Number:



Thousand Oaks, California

Date & Time:

September 3, 2016, 9:00 pm to 3:00 am

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Traffic Bureau

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

City of Residence


(S) Suarez, Jonathan

(S) Cruz-Gonzalez, Emilio

Newbury Park







DUI Checkpoint Nets 2 Arrests


Newbury Park, CA ' The Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on September 3, 2016, on Hillcrest Drive east of Lynn Road between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., and Hillcrest Drive east of Kalinda Place between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.  Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.   


DUI/Driver's License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. 


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.


Mr. Suarez failed to stop for the checkpoint as required by law.  Checkpoint deputies followed and stopped Mr. Suarez a short distance away from the checkpoint and later arrested him for DUI.  Mr. Cruz-Gonzales was contacted at the checkpoint and his license had been suspended.  He was cited and released from the scene of the checkpoint.  


Checkpoint statistics: 


418 Vehicles Screened

1 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested

0 DUI-Drug impaired suspects arrested

0 Suspects arrested for illegal drugs (possession/transportation/sales)

0 Arrested on other Criminal Charges

7 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked

21 Citations issued


Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead.  Designate a sober driver or call a cab.  But whatever you do, don't drink and drive.  The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices.  Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot' with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots' to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California.  Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab.  Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb ' all from one screen. 


Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.


The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on September 17, 2016 in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.


The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Driver ' Call 9-1-1'.


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Prepared by:

Sergeant Brad Clifton


Media Release Date:

September 6, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Brad Clifton



Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann


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).