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MADD honors officers for DUI arrests
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Lathrop Police Services Chief Danielle Hohe, left, stands with motorcycle officer Jose Aleman, Deputy Chris Sterni with 50 DUI arrests, police services manager Carole Terras, Sgt. Chip Perkis, Deputy Brandon Pekarek, motorcycle officer Matt Lindemann, Lt. James Hood and Sheriff Stephan Moore. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held its AVOID the 10 DUI recognition and awards luncheon Tuesday at the Ripon Community Center honoring nearly 100 officers from the regional law enforcement agencies from Modesto to Stockton, along with Calaveras and Amador counties. 

Lathrop Police Services manager Carole Terras was the only civilian office employee singled out for her efforts to cull the drinking and driving onslaught in the region. She serves as the coordinator in the effort at the Lathrop department and serves as a grant writer in the AVOID the 10 effort, additionally with the Office of Traffic Safety. 

AVOID the 10 commitment plaques went to Terras along with Lathrop motorcycle officers Jose Aleman and Matt Lindemann. Deputy Chris Sterni was credited with 50 arrests. Deputy Brandon Pekarek was honored from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office as well for his DUI stops, however, arrests by deputies are logged as “hand offs” and turned over to the California Highway Patrol.

Two Ripon officers Rachel Beuttler and Sgt. Stephen Meece were recognized for their drunken driving arrests as were Manteca officers Mark Rangel with a high of 73 DUI stops and Officers David Bright with 22 and Alan Shupperd with 28.

Angels Camp Officer Darien Wilson was credited with 34 DUI arrests and Stockton Police had two of its officers honored for their DUI stops. The San Joaquin County CHP officers out of the Stockton office totaled 2,126 driving under the influence arrests. The Tracy area CHP officers added another 185 to that total. 

The Stanislaus County Office of the CHP recorded another 1,220.

Credited as being the top DUI arresting officer in the North Central Valley and the leader in the Century Awards was Mark McLane with the Modesto Police Department for having 189 offenders detained. Modesto Police Officer Joseph Torres had 154, followed by Stockton area CHP officers Michael Glanville with 137 and Tim Fautt with 124.

Stanislaus County’s AVOID the 12 campaign made two commitment awards to Ceres Police Department Crime Analyst Alexandra Warner and to Sgt. Patrick Kimes of the Modesto Police Department. Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva, serving as public information officer, also received a commendation plaque.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving offers direct, supportive services to victims and survivors of drunk or drugged driving crashes. MADD’s Victim Services are free to those in need and trained victim advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They may be reached by calling 1-888.919.6233.