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DUI arrests increase over 2017 Christmas MEP


CHP in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties dealt with multiple traffic accidents, citations and DUI arrests over the maximum enforcement period over the holiday weekend. (File photo, The Union Democrat)

California Highway Patrol officers in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties dealt with a dozen traffic accidents, issued 65 citations and made eight DUI arrests over the Christmas-weekend maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. on Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday.

The total DUI arrests were a two-fold increase over the 2016 maximum enforcement period.

The Sonora-area CHP made 12 arrests, seven of which were DUI related. The additional five arrests were for health and safety violations, for possession of a stolen vehicle, and a probation violation.

The San Andreas-area CHP made one DUI arrest in West Point on Christmas Day when the

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California Highway Patrol officers in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties dealt with a dozen traffic accidents, issued 65 citations and made eight DUI arrests over the Christmas-weekend maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. on Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday.

The total DUI arrests were a two-fold increase over the 2016 maximum enforcement period.

The Sonora-area CHP made 12 arrests, seven of which were DUI related. The additional five arrests were for health and safety violations, for possession of a stolen vehicle, and a probation violation.

The San Andreas-area CHP made one DUI arrest in West Point on Christmas Day when the driver of a 2010 Dodge pickup overturned into a ditch.

About 1:30 p.m., Jeffrey Hagerman, 56, was driving his pickup truck westbound on Highway 26 east of Spink Road when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle went off the road and struck a power pole guide wire and a tree before overturning into a ditch.

Hagerman was found to be intoxicated at the time and was arrested on suspicion of DUI before being airlifted to Modesto Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Officer Tobias Butzler said he had no additional information, including Hagerman’s speed at the time of the accident, or his blood alcohol content at the time of the arrest.

The San Andreas-area CHP dealt with six traffic collisions, including the Hagerman accident, over the weekend. All of the incidents involved minor to moderate injuries, Butzler said.

The Sonora-area CHP dealt with seven collisions, two of which were DUI related. Two of the accidents were major injury, with the other five being either minor injury or property damage only.

The Sonora-area CHP additionally issued 42 citations for violations that included speeding, expired or missing registration, driving on a suspended driver’s license, driving without a license, seatbelt violations and open containers.

The San Andreas-area CHP issued 23 citations for speeding, expired or absent registration and one for throwing a lit cigarette out a window, Butzler said.

During the 2016 Christmas holiday maximum enforcement period, the Sonora-area CHP made four DUI arrests, with three of the arrests occurring on Christmas Eve. Two additional arrests were made that weekend that involved a drug charge and recovery of a stolen vehicle on Christmas day.

During the 2016 period in Calaveras County, there were no DUI arrests, but four minor injury accidents occurred and 15 citations were issued for not wearing seatbelts, driving without a valid driver’s license and speeding.

Many local law enforcement groups also posted tributes to Hayward-area CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri, who was killed Sunday, Christmas Eve, when a driver suspected of being under the influence struck the rear of a patrol car that was stopped on an I-880 southbound onramp.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com. Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.