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Do me a favor and don’t be a victim to stupidity. Drunk driving is a serious offense that can easily exceed $10,000. And, don’t believe so-called DUI attorneys claiming a high success rate. There is a reason cops are successful in stopping drunks. And, the breath or chemical test is pretty proof positive, with the old days of fooling the test with Listerine a thing of the past.

With that in mind, here is a schedule of DUI activities from the Orange County Sheriff:


Contact:  Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042


Winter Holiday Mobilization Schedule of Operations

SANTA ANA, Calif. (December 12, 2014) – The Southern California Avoid DUI Task Force is announcing its upcoming enforcement operations for the Winter Holiday DUI Campaign.  The following schedule of operations, dates, and locations are provided for broadcast.


DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint   

  • Friday December 12, 1900-0300, Cities of Garden Grove, Placentia & Tustin
  • Friday December 19, 1900-0300, Cities of Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Mission
    Viejo, Orange & Garden Grove
  • Saturday December 20, 1900-0300, City of Laguna Beach
  • Saturday December 27, 1900-0300, Cities of Westminster & Santa Ana
  • The City of Anaheim will be conducting additional DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoints with dates TBD.


DUI Saturation Patrols

  • Friday, December 12, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine and La Habra
  • Saturday, December 13, 2000-0300, City of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Anaheim, Tustin and Brea
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2000-0300, City of Anaheim
  • Thursday, December 18, 2000-0300, City of Anaheim
  • Friday, December 19, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim & Costa Mesa
  • Saturday, December 20, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim & Irvine
  • Tuesday, December 23, 2000-0300, City of Anaheim
  • Saturday, December 27, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim, La Habra & Orange
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2000-0300, City of Anaheim
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2000-0300, Cities of Anaheim, Irvine, Placentia, Westminster and Brea
  • The City of Fountain Valley and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting additional Saturation Patrols with dates to be determined.

Tis the Season

Phone ScamsAs we move into the holiday season, the scammers are out and about. This press release from the Orange County Sheriffs Department is but one of many we will see this year.

Law Enforcement Phone Scams Soliciting Money

YORBA LINDA, CA – (November 19, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department advises the public to be aware of phone scams involving subjects pretending to be law enforcement personnel.  Several instances of this type of fraud have been occurring throughout Orange County.

 On Tuesday, October 29 a male subject, fraudulently identifying himself as Lieutenant Mike Stevens with the Orange County Warrant Division, called Lorraine Johnson, 69, of Yorba Linda, and told her that an arrest warrant had been issued for her failure to appear in court on a traffic citation.  Stevens told her the violation was captured by a traffic camera in Yorba Linda.  He also told the victim there was a glitch in the system and the notice to appear in court was never mailed to her.  Stevens told her the bail amount was $365 and that he could help her pay her bail.  Stevens instructed Johnson to purchase a “MoneyPak” card and provide the card number to him so he could pay her bail.  He also advised the victim to stay on the phone with him while she purchased the card just in case she was pulled over by a police officer.  He said he could explain to the officer what she was doing so that she would not be arrested on the warrant.

 A more recent case in Laguna Hills involved a victim being contacted on his cell phone and advised that he owed back taxes to the IRS.  The caller fraudulently identified himself as Assistant Sheriff Mark Billings with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and stated that he was working with the IRS to collect the debt.  The caller told the victim that if he did not purchase $4000 in “MoneyPak” cards and give him the numbers, the SWAT team would be forced to raid his home and arrest him.  The caller ID number on the phone call fraudulently indicated the call was coming from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency phone number.

 The public is advised that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department does not solicit by phone. If anyone receives similar, suspicious calls do not give out any personal information such as social security number, bank account numbers, etc. and report the call to the Sheriff’s Department at  (714) 647-7000 .

Orange County Peace Officer Memorial Dedication Set For This Morning

(We realized we made a mistake on the time of day. Sorry for the incovenience-ed.) We received this press release on the May 29th dedication of the new Peace Officer Memorial at the Sheriffs Academy in Tustin.

Sheriff Hutchens: “I Have Breast Cancer”

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released a press statement yesterday afternoon following a press conference where Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced she has breast cancer.

On November 9, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer was caught early and is curable. It will require a treatment program and a few constraints with some of the activities I regularly handle over the next 6-8 months, “said Sheriff Hutchens.

At the end of that time, I will be back to my usual self. I will stay fully engaged with my duties and responsibilities as Sheriff-Coroner of Orange County and I plan to run for a second term in 2014.

As always, it is an honor to serve as your Sheriff and I thank you all for your continued support.

While we may disagree with the sheriff on her restraint of certain fundamental rights in the county, she has proven to be a changing force in the OCSD. She has presented leadership where there was a distinct lack in the past. And, her department continues to improve and move forward in spite of budgetary constraints. We know she can beat this and we look forward to her continued leadership for our sheriffs department.