City of Antioch

The city of Antioch, CA has an approximate population of 102,000 residents.

The Antioch Police Department is located at 300 “L” Street. Antioch PD is staffed with 183 employees (Sworn and Civilian). The department is comprised of two divisions: Support Services and Field Services. The Field Services Division includes the Patrol Subdivision, whose officers are generally involved with DUI stops, investigations, and arrests.

 DUI Enforcement

The Antioch Police Department makes approximately 150 DUI arrests per year.  One corridor for DUI arrests in Antioch is on West 2nd Street to West 4th street and E Street to J Street, close to the waterfront and the Amtrak station, as there are three bars located in that small vicinity. Furthermore, there is almost a 1.4-mile drive from these locations to the nearest freeway onramp., creating ample room for the police department to follow individuals and initiate stops.  Additional high activity occurs along Lone Tree Way south of Hwy 4 in the vicinity of various bars located along this main thoroughfare, where it is not uncommon for police to pull vehicles over with a block or two of the bars.

Antioch police officers generally administer a combination of National High Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) field sobriety tests (One Leg Stand, Walk and Turn, and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus) and non-standardized tests (e.g. stand with feet together and tip the head backwards, count backwards, etc.). A Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS test) is, as the name denotes, a preliminary screening device that officers claim to use to test for the presence of alcohol, however often seek to have the numeric reading introduced in court.  The PAS is generally done following the administration of the field sobriety tests. The PAS is generally administered via a hand-held Alco-Sensor IV machine.

When Antioch police officers believe that an individual is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, they will arrest the individual and transfer them to the Antioch Police Department. Once at the facility the officer will generally offer the arrestee to take a breath or blood alcohol test.

The breath alcohol testing is done on a Dräger Alco-Test 7110 MKIIIC at the Police Department, as is the case for all agencies in Contra Costa County. If a blood alcohol test is chosen, the arrestee’s blood will be drawn at the Police Department by a phlebotomist employed by Central Medical Laboratory (CML), a contract mobile laboratory collection agency. The blood sample will eventually be sent to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Crime Laboratory for analysis.

DUI Checkpoints and Driver License Checkpoints

Based on public record Antioch last conducted a DUI checkpoint in December of 2008. The Antioch Police Department deployed special patrols in a campaign to minimize alcohol-related collisions and increase drunken driving awareness. The Antioch Police Department made one DUI arrest between Saturday December 13th and Sunday December 14th.

Joint Operations

The California Office of Traffic safety provided a $135,000.00 grant to be administered by the Office of the Sherriff, which will go towards funding the “Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force.” The task force will utilize the grant to concentrate on increased DUI enforcement and education throughout Contra Costa County. The life of the grant runs from October 1, 2013 until September 30, 2014. The task force is comprised of 25 participating agencies, as the name suggests, including the Antioch Police Department.

Underage Drinking

Antioch High School’s Leadership and Public Services Academy is working in partnership with the Antioch Police Department and the Center for Human Development to mobilize youth alcohol prevention. In an effort to stop underage drinking as well as drinking and driving. This collaboration is in efforts to send the message that enforcement is happening to prevent underage drinking.

Public Intoxication

The Antioch Police Department generally engages in proactive enforcement of drunk in public violations resulting in criminal citations.

More Information

Website: http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/citygov/police/
Local Blog: http://www.topix.com/crime/antioch-ca
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AntiochPolice

After years of experience in Contra Costa County,  they attorneys at The Law Office of Johnson & Johnson have gained a great deal of information and knowledge regarding the DUI enforcement operations of the Antioch Police Department. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation today at (925) 952-8900 to discuss how we can help defend you from a DUI arrest by the Antioch Police Department.