Crime

May 27, 2014

31 DUI arrests in Stanislaus County over Memorial Day weekend

Thirty-one people were arrested in Stanislaus County this Memorial Day weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Thirty-one people were arrested in Stanislaus County over Memorial Day weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence, including a man who fled the scene of an accident.

The arrests were made by officers from 12 county law enforcement agencies from 12:01 a.m. Friday to midnight Sunday. Last year, 26 people were arrested in that same period, said Ceres police Sgt. Chris Perry, who oversees the Avoid the 12 DUI task force.

One of the DUI suspects arrested Sunday night fled the scene of a minor-injury accident in Modesto, police said.

Daniel Meda, 29, was traveling west on Yosemite Boulevard about 10:30 p.m. when he ran the red light at Claus Road and hit another car, Perry said.

The impact caused Meda’s car to flip. He climbed out of it and ran from the scene northbound on Claus.

Perry said witnesses chased Meda, tackled him and held him on the ground until officers arrived.

A preliminary breath test revealed his alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, Perry said.

Meda was booked at the Stanislaus County jail on multiple criminal charges, including driving under the influence.

Funding for the Avoid the 12 program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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