Uptick in DUI arrests prompts warning from Chico Police

Apr 26, 2016 1:11 PM by News Staff

A high number of DUI arrests this past weekend in Chico, more than ten in a relatively short time frame.

“It is unusual to have this many DUI's in a 24 hour period,” said Ben Love, sergeant with the Chico Police Department.

Taking into account it wasn't a holiday weekend, Love said he can't be certain why so many people were driving under the influence this past weekend.

Eleven DUI arrests were made between 2 a.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday.

The fact so many impaired drivers were caught was more than a likely a result of patrol officers having the time to be proactive due to a low volume of calls for service.

“My understanding is that (call volume) wasn't as high as it is sometimes,” Love said. “For that reason officers have the availability to go out and make DUI enforcement more of a priority.”

On West Ninth Street where Saturday night one of the DUI incidents involved a collision in which a pregnant woman, along with another woman and a man were injured.

All three were transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The driver who police say caused the accident was booked into Butte County Jail for felony DUI.

Police said people need to be smart when they get behind the wheel.

"If you're going to be out and you know you're going to be drinking just designate someone who is able to get you home safely,” Love said. “Make a plan ahead of time so that when you're in that impaired state you already have a plan in place, and you keep yourself and the rest of the community safe.”

21-year old Jace Claytor was the suspect arrested in the injury crash on Saturday.

The police department encourages you to call 9-1-1 if you see someone driving erratically and suspect they may be driving under the influence.


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