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6 arrested for DUI in the Victor Valley during the New Year’s holiday

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VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A total of six people were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in the Victor Valley during the New Year’s holiday.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies working on New Year’s Eve into New Years Day stayed busy with DUI arrests and crashes amongst other calls for service.

On December 31, 2019, at 7:10 pm, on New Year’s Eve, Lorena Hadar, 37, of Las Vegas was arrested for driving under the influence after she went through a roadblock in the area of the 15 freeway and Bear Valley Road in Victorville. A deputy from the Victorville Police Department found her to be DUI. She was transported and booked into HDDC and later cite released.

At 9:36 pm Fernando Denito Alvaradoage, 21, of Apple Valley, was arrested for driving under the influence in the area of Algonquin and Ottawa Road in Apple Valley. Sheriff’s officials said he was arrested after his vehicle failed to yield to oncoming traffic nearly causing a collision. Alvaradoage was found to be DUI, he was transported and booked into HDDC and later cite released.

At 9:53 pm, a male driver, who’s name was not available at the time of this article, was arrested for DUI in the area of El Evado and Mojave Roads in Victorville. No other information was available.

At 10:56 pm, Sergio Amada Gonzalez, 51, of Adelanto, was arrested for driving under the influence in the area of Mojave Drive and US Highway 395 in Victorville. A deputy conducted a traffic stop after the vehicle crossed over the double-yellow line to avoid rear-ending a marked patrol unit. Gonzalez was found to be DUI, he was transported, booked into HDDC, and later cite released.

On January 1, 2020, at 4:54 am, Apple Valley Station deputies responded to the area of Central and Bear Valley Roads for a vehicle that collided into a telephone pole. The driver, Nicolas Velasco, 23, was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to a local area hospital for the complaint of pain and was later cite released, stated sheriff’s officials.

On January 1, 2020, at 10:32 am, a 71-year-old Arizona man was arrested for driving under the influence in the area of Amethyst Road and Starshine Drive in Victorville. Phillip Douglas Watson was pulled over after he failed to stop at a stop sign. He was found to be DUI,  transported and booked into HDDC and later cite released.

The California Highway Patrol also kept busy during its New Year’s Day Maximum Enforcement Period. According to a tweet from CHP Headquarters, officers made 491 arrests for DUI during the enforcement. “That is the equivalent of removing an impaired driver from the road nearly every four minutes over the course of the 30-hour holiday enforcement effort,” stated the agency.

The National Safety Council estimates 163 people may die on U.S. roads this New Year’s Day holiday period. Holidays traditionally are a time of travel for families across the United States. Many choose car travel, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile. Holidays also often are cause for celebrations involving alcohol consumption, a major contributing factor to motor vehicle crashes.

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