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Posted on: August 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Driving Under the Influence and Driver’s License Checkpoint Update

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Mariano Matos III

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On August 26, 2022, deputies conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at Cesar Chavez and 4th Street within the city of Coachella, between the hours of 8:00 pm and 2:00 am. The checkpoint yielded the following:

  • 569 cars screened.
  • 8 citations for unlicensed drivers.
  • 2 drug arrests.
  • 4 Misdemeanor warrant arrests.
  • 3 driving under the influence arrests.

The following subjects were arrested during the Check point:

  • Angelica Salinas, 28 of Coachella, for a theft warrant.
  • Jennifer Moya, 29 of DHS, for DUI drugs.
  • Graciela Lerma, 40 of Coachella, for a vandalism warrant.
  • Hector Lopez, 53 of Coachella, for possession of fentanyl and a narcotic warrant.
  • Mario Pena, 40 of Coachella, for a narcotic warrant.
  • Angel Rodriguez, 41 of Coachella, for DUI and possession of cocaine.
  • Ariel Flores, 28 of Indio, for DUI.


Coachella, Calif. – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License Checkpoint on August 26, 2022, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with deputies checking drivers for proper licensing.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

In 2019, 9,269 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes nationwide (NHTSA). Last year, Riverside County deputies assigned to the City of Coachella investigated numerous DUI collisions some of which have resulted in injuries and/or death.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Nevins with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760)863-8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867).

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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