Special Traffic Enforcement Planned for Super Bowl Sunday

Celebrate the Big Game with These Safety Tips from the Suisun City P.D.

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SUISUN CITY, CA —The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sporting events, with friends and family gathering in homes, bars and restaurants to cheer on their favorite teams. As game day approaches and football fans across the state prepare to root for their team, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Football League (NFL), would like to remind you and your friends to take every precaution to avoid driving drunk by planning ahead and designating a sober driver because – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

The Suisun City Police Department will have additional officers out on patrol looking for impaired drivers.  Additionally, every regularly scheduled patrol officer working will be watching for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving before, during and after the game to stop and arrest those driving intoxicated.

“If you plan on drinking alcohol during the big game, we encourage you to designate a sober driver or plan for alternative modes of transportation such as a taxi cab to get you home safely,” said Traffic Officer Michael Urlaub, Suisun City Police Department. “A taxi cab may cost you $30, but that’s nothing compared to the $10,000 or more in fees, fines, and the stigma that can stem from getting a DUI.”

Nationally in 2012, alcohol-impaired driving crashes took 10,322 lives.  Californians witnessed 802 deaths in DUI crashes on their streets and highways.  These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays.

Whether watching at a bar or hosting a party, the NFL, the Office of Traffic Safety, NHTSA, and the Solano County Avoid DUI Task Force reminds everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.  Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver.

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

  • Before the party begins, designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you, or just stay for the night
  • Use your community’s sober ride  or free tow program if one exists
  • If you see someone on the road who you suspect is drunk, don’t hesitate to call 911. Be prepared to report a description of the vehicle and the direction of travel
  • And remember, your seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

  • Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely
  • Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party – you can find delicious, non-alcoholic DDrinks (Designated Driver Drinks) by visiting the OTS Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS and clicking on the Mixology Center tab
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert
  • Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink

The saturation patrol funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers!  Call 9-1-1.’

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Event a Success

Senior Officer Walt Walker and cadetsSUISUN CITY – The prescription drug take-back event sponsored recently by the Suisun City Police Department brought in 141.5 pounds of outdated or unneeded medications.

The event, held October 26 at the Suisun City Police Department, was a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Suisun City Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Task Force, the Solano County Integrated Waste Management Task Force and the Suisun City Police Cadets.

The DEA and local police partners sponsor these drug take back events to help residents remove medications from their homes that have outlived their medical purposes or are expired.  Medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse nationally are rising, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.  Many abusers get their supply of drugs from the medicine cabinets of relatives.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day also addresses the environmental and health risks of disposing of pharmaceuticals.  Expired prescription medicines cannot be flushed into the sewer system or buried in a landfill without risking significant damage to native ecosystems and water supplies.  Because these compounds cannot be removed from sewage by treatment, any present in treated wastewater is released into local waterways.

 

Suspect Arrested in Downtown Shooting Case

Suisun City – Suisun City Police officers continued to investigate and attempt to identify the suspect following the October 5th shooting downtown that left the victim with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim is in stable condition following surgery.

Through interviews and viewing security cameras at a local establishment with an eye-witness, the lead investigator, Officer Lindsey Sanford, identified the suspect as 29 year old Michael Jackson of Fairfield.

On the evening of October 9, 2013, Solano County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team members assisting the Suisun City Police located the suspect near his residence in Fairfield. He was detained and turned over to Suisun City Police. The subsequent search of Jackson’s residence by Suisun City police officers revealed the handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.

Jackson was booked into the Solano County Jail on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Victim Shot In Downtown Suisun City

Suisun City – On October 5, 2013 at approximately 1:14 AM, the Suisun City Police Department’s Dispatch Center received calls of a shooting that just occurred in the 600 block of Main Street. Officers arrived and located the victim in the parking lot. He was being assisted by friends and some good samaritans.

Officers learned there was some type of verbal exchange between the victim and the suspect while in the parking lot. Moments later, as the suspect was starting to drive away, he shot the victim in the abdomen and sped away northbound on Main Street.

The victim does not know the suspect. Witnesses related the suspect was a black male adult in his late 20s. The suspect’s car was described as a dark 4-door.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to telephone the Suisun City Police Department at (707) 421-7373.

Armed Carjacking and Kidnapping

Carjacked Vehicle – Bronze 2009 Toyota Venza – 6HFV252 / CA
Suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Suisun City – On September 14, 2013 at approximately 0815 hours, a Suisun City resident arrived home in the 700 block of Sunset Avenue. As the resident was exiting his vehicle, a Hispanic male adult hit him in the face. The suspect forced the victim back into the vehicle. The suspect brandished a firearm as well as a knife at the victim. The suspect drove the victim to an ATM where money was withdrawn.

The suspect drove the victim around in Fairfield and eventually to the area of Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville. The suspect had the victim exit the vehicle and the suspect fled the area with the vehicle. The victim flagged down a bystander and the Vacaville Police Department responded.

The victim sustained minor injuries. The suspect and the vehicle are outstanding. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. The suspect is described as a tall, heavy set Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s wearing an orange construction type shirt. The vehicle is described as a bronze 2009 Toyota Venza 6HFV252 (California Plate).

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Suisun City Police Department at (707) 421-7373.

Armed Carjacking and Attempted Robbery Suspect Arrested

Suisun City - On September 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm the Suisun City Police Department received a 911 call from the AMPM store located at 299 Marina Blvd, (corner of Marina Blvd and Hwy 12).  The caller reported that a subject had entered the store and brandished a firearm.  The suspect attempted to discharge his firearm at the clerk; however, the firearm did not discharge. The suspect fled in a vehicle. Officers responded to the scene and learned that an attempted robbery occurred.

Officers were able to obtain a suspect description as well as a description of the vehicle.  Officers determined that the suspect vehicle was reported stolen earlier in the day as a result of an armed carjacking which occurred in Walnut Grove, CA.  A notification was provided to surrounding cities regarding the suspect and his vehicle. 

At approximately 10:30 pm, the Suisun City Police Department was notified by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office that they had stopped the suspect vehicle on Interstate 80 near Davis Street in the City of Vacaville. One subject was detained, who was subsequently identified as 43 year old Brian James Lemke of Isleton, Ca.

Lemke was subsequently identified as the subject responsible for the attempted robbery at the Suisun City AMPM and was booked at the Solano County Jail.

Homeowner Shot During Residential Burglary

Suisun City – On September 7, 2013 at about 0100 hours, Suisun City Police Department Dispatch received frantic calls from a residence on Keyes Lane indicating a burglary in-progress. Moments later, the caller said the suspect had shot the homeowner and was still inside the home.

Suisun City police officers responded and upon arrival, located the suspect in front of the residence. He was taken into custody and his firearm was recovered. Officers located the adult male victim in the master bedroom and rendered first aid until medical personnel arrived.

The victim suffered a single gunshot wound to his shoulder and was transported to the hospital where he underwent surgery.

It appears the suspect had been trying to steal a car and randomly picked the victim’s home. He broke into the home and confronted the victim and his wife in their master bedroom.

The suspect was identified as 46 year-old Juan Walker from Suisun City. He was booked into the Solano County Jail on attempted murder and other related crimes.

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to telephone the Suisun City Police Department at 707-421-7373.

A press conference will be held at 1300 hours at the Suisun City Police Department.

Now Hiring for a Police Sergeant

The Suisun City Police Department is now recruiting for the position of Police Sergeant. Applications must be submitted by September 20, 2013 at 5 p.m. For more information, please see our Police Sergeant career page or the job announcement.

 

 

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned for August 30, 2013

Suisun City, CA – Suisun City Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday August 30, 2013, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 08:00 p.m. to 02:00 a.m. 

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.  Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 2 lives and resulted in 21 injury crashes harming 31 of our friends and neighbors,” said Traffic Officer Michael Urlaub

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.  Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Suisun City needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Suisun City Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.  If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Suisun City Police Department Operation on August 9th

Suisun City – The Suisun City Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on August 09, 2013 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur.  Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes.  They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.

Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but rose nearly 18 percent in 2011. Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward.

From 2008 to 2010, 17 people were injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles in Suisun City. From 2011 to 2012, 9 people were injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles in Suisun City.

California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs.  The Suisun City Police Department is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

As the economy turns upward, there will likely be more miles driven by all vehicles, plus more novice motorcycle riders who are untrained and unable to handle the power of today’s motorcycles.  The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”  Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.