Police make multiple DUI arrests

Police make multiple DUI arrestsBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Since after Christmas, the Ridgecrest Police Department has cracked down on driving under the influence and has made numerous arrests.

On Friday, Dec. 27, officers responded to a report of a white Honda with bumper damage and a flat tire traveling on South China Lake Boulevard. The reporting party followed the driver, later identified as Alicia Ward, 26, to a residence in the 100 block of West Javis Avenue. Ward was reportedly swerving on the roadway.

Officers arrived at the scene that afternoon and found Ward in the residence, reportedly under the influence. During the police contact, Ward’s dog ran out of the residence and she began chasing the dog, refusing to stop and reportedly struggling with officers. After a brief struggle, Officer Laura Kenney took Ward into custody. Animal Control took custody of the dog.

Ward was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol content of .22 percent (well over the legal limit of .08 percent). and was charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest. She was booked in a temporary holding facility before being released with a citation and a promise to appear in court.

On Saturday, Dec. 28, Officer Jayson Arnold was on patrol near the 100 block of West Wilson Avenue where he reportedly observed a red Chrysler minivan drifting toward the edge of the roadway and striking a bicyclist. The driver reportedly fled the scene without stopping.

Arnold pursued the vehicle to the 300 block of West Haloid Avenue and contacted the driver, Brandy Clair, 33.

He reported that he “could immediately smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage,” said the release.

Clair was determined to be intoxicated, and her blood alcohol content was found to be more than double the legal limit. She was arrested without incident.

The bicyclist reportedly sustained minor injuries and is expected to recover. Clair was charged with DUI with injury and hit-and-run causing injury.

No court information was available for either suspect at press time.

The department made six more arrests during a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Dec. 27 in the 100 block of South China Lake Boulevard from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

In addition, four drivers were cited or arrested for driving without a license or on a suspended or revoked license.

Police also conducted a saturation patrol on New Year’s Eve, resulting in additional DUI arrests. More details were not available at press time.

Story First Published: 2020-01-03