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The Coachella Police Department, as part of a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint set up on Avenue 48 at Jackson Street Friday, made seven arrests and issued 49 citations, officials said.
A total of 519 vehicles moved through the checkpoint between the hours of 7 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday. From that group, 480 vehicles were screened, officials said.
Police arrested and jailed:
Â• Luis Vargas, 30, of Mecca, Ninfa Galvan, 35, of La Quinta, and Eden Garcia, 46, of Coachella, all on charges of driving while intoxicated.
Â• Marcos Munoz, 33, of Indio, on a charge of assault to a peace officer and a parole violation warrant.
Â• Teresa Cruz, 31, of Blythe, on a narcotics warrant.
Â• Rogelio Estrada, 44, of Coachella, on a domestic violence warrant.
Â• Kia Tucker, 29, of Indio, on charges of possessing methamphetamine and violating probation.
Of the 49 citations, six were on charges of driving with a suspended license and seven for driving without a driver’s license, officials said.
Twenty-six hazardous equipment tickets were issued, police said, and 10 vehicles were towed.
Funding for the operation was provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.