Concord DUI Warrant Sweep Nets 1 Arrest

July 19, 2014 10:51 am · 21 comments


The Concord Police Department conducted a DUI Warrant Sweep operation on Friday, July 18th, as part of the City of Concord’s commitment to public safety.

The following is from the Concord Police Department:

Some think if they just don’t show up for a court hearing, the police won’t have the manpower to come find them.  If your violation is a DUI, don’t count on it. Concord Police Department Officers with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk DUI offenders today.  Officers served 26 warrants and arrested 1 offender who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case.

“The best bet for anyone with a missed DUI court date is go to court on their own now,” said Traffic Corporal Eric Olson.  “If you don’t, that warrant isn’t going away. We’re going to come find you and take you to jail.”

Those caught often face additional jail time for failing to appear in court or for violating probation. When family, friends, and co-workers find out, violators can also face personal embarrassment as they are lead away in handcuffs, as well as missing work while sitting in jail.

Special DUI Warrant Service Operations along with regularly scheduled ‘High Visibility’ DUI enforcement has a deterrent effect on those who disregard driving safety and abuse alcohol and drugs.

Concord PD places a high priority on lowering deaths and injury with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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J July 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

1 arrest?… Weak sauce

Anon July 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM

When the Other Felonies Warrant Sweep coming?

PhilthyPHRESH July 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Today, to a hood near you.

Bill July 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Really more of a “Bend down and pick one up off the ground” than a “Sweep”!! The above paragraph is just a pack of lies using rhetoric.. Define “High Risk”, Show the figures proving “Special Warrant Services and High Visibility DUI enforcement is a significant deterrent to those who Disregard driving safety. the vast majority of those with warrants just missed a court date and have only been accused of DUI! (BTW the courts are so screwed up it’s quite common for misunderstandings to occur.) Most contacts the officers would make with these warrant scofflaws could be taken care of with a simple “Cite and Release” which costs 1,000 times less than sending someone to jail for a week! I’ll bet if we could really see the statistics behind the most dangerous drivers on the road, distracted soccer moms and Senior Citizens would top the list!! Nothing to see here but smoke and mirrors folks…

Russ July 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Not sure 1 arrest counts as a “sweep”……

Teacher Wannabe July 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

@Bill, cite & release? Seriously? They’ve already ditched the courts once, what makes you think they’ll honor this one?

May be only one, but that’s one less criminal on the streets.

Elwood July 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

How many DUIs have you had, Bill?

You sound quite familiar with the system.

And here’s a question for you, jailhouse lawyer: What kind of moron would do a “cite and release” for a fool who didn’t show up for a previous court hearing?

anonanonagain July 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I am glad to see them removing a high risk offender off the streets. If someone doesn’t show up for their court date you know that they are showing blatant disregard for people’s lives and their own. Trying telling someone who has lost a loved one to a drunk if this sweep is worth it……

WOW! July 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM

How much did it cost to catch that 1 person?

Was it worth it?

@bill July 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Nice job bill of proving nothing , except you are full of hot air.

Hot Diggity Dog! July 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Of course it’s worth it. For one, the cops are already on the clock so there’s no extra cost in police salary and when you factor in the fines, court costs, fees for community service and DUI school, it adds up.
DUI arrests generate revenue for the city and county, why do you think they have DUI checkpoints and make only one or two arrests? Because it’s worth it.

Marianne July 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Well, at least one was captured. Let’s look at this as one potential killer off the streets.

Just me July 19, 2014 at 4:32 PM

A failure to appear is just that. A bench warrent is issued when a person fails to appear. Those are the facts. If a person knows they failed to appear they can go to the court and asked to be placed on the docket see a judge and explain why they didn’t appear more than likely the judge will recind the warrent and move forward with case. Unless you piss the judge off which in that case be prepared to be taken into custody.

Bill July 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

How many DUI’s you had Elwood?? Maybe I’m a lawyer genius..

Chad July 19, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Good, apprehend these towny thugs in “Con”-Cord before they seep into WC and make it less safe for me to get to and fro. I’m sick of it!

Walnut Creek Resident July 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Just one DUI??

. July 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Have to question wisdom of allocation of resources v results.
Or was this simply a make the community think they’re safe exercise?

Anon July 20, 2014 at 8:07 AM

They were on overtime not on the clock

So Funny July 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I love when someone gives their opion and 10 people jump down the guys throat because he says things like “Cite and Release” .News Flash Dummies people are aressted for far worrse offenses and released back onto the streets within hours litterly !

patoot July 20, 2014 at 10:09 AM

#14 …. there is no such a thing as a “lawyer genius”…. the statement contradicts itself.
maybe “lawyer scumbag”, “lawyer db”, “lawyer lowlife”….. and the list goes on.

Julio July 20, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Walnut Creek Resident: We know from all the problems W.C is having with drunks and all your bars there are more drunks in Walnut /creek. Maybe you ought to have a DUI check point too.

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