Countywide DUI sweep under way

Danville man taken into custody; to spend New Year's Eve in custody

Law enforcement officials have fanning out through Alameda County today to serve hundreds of DUI warrants at the homes and workplaces of convicted drunken drivers who did not follow court orders.

The DUI warrant sweep is part of the county's "Avoid the 21" winter holiday crackdown. The sweep is being carried out by about 50 officers from 21 law enforcement agencies in the county, Livermore police Officer Traci Rebeijo said.

The team secured warrants for about 850 county residents who have been arrested for driving under the influence but who have failed to appear in court, pay their fines, or attend their required classes, Rebeijo said.

As of 10 a.m., the sweep had netted one arrest, a 41-year-old Danville man who was taken into custody at his home. He had previously been arrested for drinking and driving in Dublin, and "didn't take care of all his court business," Rebeijo said.

This is the second year that law enforcement officials in the county have conducted the warrant sweep. Last year, the team set out to serve about 500 warrants and ended up arresting 51 people, Rebeijo said.

"What we really want to tell the public is, if you have an outstanding warrant, turn yourself in," she said.

Depending on the bail status of the warrant, "you're calling the shots when you turn yourself in," she said.

The Danville man arrested today, however, will be in jail until Monday because courts will be closed for the New Year's holiday.

The team will continue to serve the warrants throughout the day.

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