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July 09, 2010

PUBLIC SAFETY

Holiday checkpoints yield arrests

Nearly two dozen people were arrested during the holiday weekend in two operations aimed at cracking down on drunk-driving and traffic violations, police said.

Officials from San Marino, South Pasadena, Los Angeles and Burbank assisted in the two operations Friday and Saturday night throughout the city, looking for drunk drivers.

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While both activities yielded arrests, Glendale Police Lt. Carl Povilaitis said more work needs to be done to reduce the number of DUI-related offenses.

At Friday's checkpoint on Brand Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue, police screened 719 vehicles and performed 25 field sobriety tests on motorists, Sgt. Dennis Smith said.

Of the 25 tests performed, three motorists were arrested on suspicion of being intoxicated, he said. Another nine motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving without a license or a revoked driver's license, and 11 vehicles were towed, police said.

Police arrested 33 motorists from Jan.1 to Dec.6, 2009, within a mile of the Brand-Cerritos intersection, Smith said.

On Saturday, police conducted a saturation patrol in which they roamed Glendale streets looking for intoxicated drivers.

Police arrested four drunk drivers and administered 17 field sobriety tests, Smith said. They stopped 59 vehicles and impounded four.

Two cyclists injured

A cyclist was injured Sunday after slamming into the rear windshield of a car he had been tailing near Verdugo Park, police said.

It was the second crash involving a cyclist in less than a week, police said.

The cyclist had been following a vehicle along Canada Boulevard and Colina Drive when the vehicle slowed down to possibly turn, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The cyclist hit the bumper, sending him onto the rear windshield and shattering it, Lorenz said. The cyclist, whom police did not identify, was taken to Glendale Memorial Hospital after complaining of pain and sustaining several cuts.

On Thursday, a cyclist riding easton Harvard Street about 3 p.m. was struck by a motorist leaving an alley, Lt. Carl Povilaitis said.

The motorist fled the crash, leaving the injured cyclist, he said.

Burbank police shooting suspect in court

A homeless man accused of shooting two police officers with one of their own guns remains in jail following a brief court appearance Wednesday.

Jamie Willard, 30, returned to Los Angeles County jail after a scheduled arraignment was postponed until July 22. He is being held in lieu of $3-million bail.

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