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Drivers without licenses get vehicles towed
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Manteca officers and agents from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) manned a DUI check point in the 700 block of East Yosemite Avenue from 7 p.m. until midnight Friday. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Hundreds of cars were stopped Friday night in a driving under the influence check point at the beginning of the July 4 weekend with only one DUI arrest made by Manteca Police officer Greg Beall on South Washington Street.

The lighted check point was set up in the 700 block of East Yosemite Avenue stopping only east bound motorists.

Manteca officers and agents from the state Alcohol Beverage Control were handing out informational literature and asking for identification from drivers.  Those who could not produce a license or were driving on a suspended license had their cars towed and stored unless they had a licensed driver who could safely drive their vehicle.

One man refused to roll down the window of his vehicle in the cone lane and refused to show his driver’s license.  When asked to pull over to the curb he continued to quarrel with officers saying that they were in violation of the MIAC Report that protected members of the modern militia – saying he didn’t have to produce identification.

Finally driving his vehicle into the front parking area of Lincoln Elementary School, four officers surrounded his vehicle and asked again that he roll down his window and produce his identification – he continued to object.  A check of his license indicated that he was associated with the state Department of Corrections, but the license came back as valid with an address in south central Manteca.

The check point was initiated at 7 p.m. and continued until midnight.  Members of the Manteca Explorer Unit were also on hand to help officers contact motorists.  Motorcycle officers were posted at the edges of the coned lanes to intercept drivers who attempted to drive around the check point.