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Downtown San Diego DUI checkpoint leads to 29 arrests

Twenty nine motorists were facing drunken driving charges Monday following their arrests at two separate sobriety checkpoints in downtown San Diego over the weekend, police announced Monday morning.

The checkpoints were held from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of First Avenue and in the 1400 block of G Street, according to San Diego police Officer Mark McCullough.

A total of 949 motorists were screened by officers as they passed through the First Avenue checkpoint and of those, 11 were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, he said. On G Street, 798 motorists were screened and 18 of them were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to McCullough.

"The message is simple, drive sober or get pulled over," he said. "Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride a motorcycle."