California: Jeanne Marie Harris shows the wrong way to line up ducks; charged with DUI and sent to slammer

05/27/2014  —

Jeanne Marie Harris, DUI, La Quinta Police…she needs to get her ducks lined up…

On Monday, May 26th,  2014, about 6:22 PM, officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to a report of a single vehicle traffic collision on Washington Street north of Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert.

The investigation determined the driver, Jeanne Marie Harris, 58 of La Quinta, collided with a curb and her Nissan Altima became disabled in the opposing lanes of traffic.  Harris was found to be driving under the Influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested.  Harris was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio.

Anyone with information about the collision is encouraged to call the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station at (760) 836-1600 and contact Sergeant Baur.  Information can also be provided anonymously by calling (760) 341-STOP (7867).

The Palm Desert Police Department encourages drivers not to drink and drive. To report impaired drivers, Please call 911.

DUI Checkpoint Nets Five Arrests

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, The San Jacinto P.D. conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint.  This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year.  The locations of Saturday’s checkpoint was on Esplanade Avenue west of Santa Fe Avenue. The goal of the DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint was removing impaired drivers and to bring awareness to the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Checkpoint Results:

  • 1034 Vehicles through the checkpoint
  • 3 DUI drivers arrested
  • 1 Felony warrants and 3 misdemeanor warrants served
  • 16 Vehicles towed
  • 13 Drivers with suspended licenses sent to court
  • 17 Unlicensed drivers sent to court
  • 8 Field sobriety tests conducted

San Jacinto Police Department Targets Impaired Drivers with Checkpoint

San Jacinto, CA – The San Jacinto Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

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.  Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

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 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the San Jacinto Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’


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