On Monday, August 29, 2016, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Department conducted an undercover ‘Court Stakeout Operation’ at the Ventura County Superior Courthouse in Ventura. Officers targeting suspected DUI drivers whose licenses where suspended/revoked or who were unlicensed drivers.
Officers staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive and/or who had been told of their license suspension. Six offenders were followed by officers from courtrooms to their vehicles to ensure that they were not driving. While some offenders complied with the law and had alternate means of transportation, three individuals in court for DUI proceeded to get behind the wheel and drove away from the courthouse; Marin, Gamal Armando, 30; Moore, Walter Derrick, 40; both of Oxnard and Daniel, Rick, 45, of Ventura.
Those who chose to drive were stopped by waiting officers. Those stopped for driving while suspended or unlicensed were issued citations requiring them to make new court appearances.
2 Suspended/Revoked 1 Unlicensed 2 Vehicles towed/impounded 0 Other crimes committed
Those arrested Monday could face additional jail time, long driver license suspensions, along with other financial consequences including attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects.
DUI Court Stakeout operations, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, serve as a proven deterrent with the goal of keeping impaired drivers off our roads and heightening awareness among the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
This special DUI operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Please help the Thousand Oaks Police Department every day of the week. Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!