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Riverside Sheriff's Office clarifies DUI arrests following newspaper report

from Temecula Patch

After The Press-Enterprise published a Feb. 6 report stating that most drunken drivers are cited and released if pulled over by officers from the Riverside, Calif., Police Department, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department made a point of clarifying its protocol: "Ninety-nine percent of all DUI arrestees [are booked] into jails." Although the sheriff's department sends offenders to county jail, "typically DUI arrestees are only held in ... custody until sober and then given court dates so they do not impact our overcrowding crisis. The jails do not release intoxicated subjects back onto the street," said Sgt. Lisa McConnell of the sheriff's department. more

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