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Citrus Heights Police Beat: pursuit, shooting, DUI checkpoint results

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A sign announces a checkpoint ahead, during a December Citrus Heights Police Department crackdown operation. // CH Sentinel

Man shot in Greenback Estates on Christmas Eve
–A Citrus Heights police sergeant said a 26-year-old man was shot multiple times on Christmas Eve by one or more unknown suspects in a vehicle, leaving him hospitalized. According to Sgt. Nicole Garing, the shooting occurred on Dec. 24 around 6:15 p.m. on Donegal Drive, where the man was visiting relatives. Although only able to provide limited preliminary details on Saturday, the sergeant said additional information and a description of suspect(s) may be released at a later date. She said the shooting is under investigation and a motive is currently unknown. The vehicle involved, described as dark in color, fled the scene toward Auburn Boulevard.

Police release report from latest DUI Checkpoint operation
–Citrus Heights police reported a Dec. 19 DUI checkpoint operation on Auburn Boulevard resulted in 734 vehicles being screened, with one field sobriety test administered, and no arrests. Six drivers were cited for being unlicensed or holding a suspended license, and two vehicles were towed for license-related violations. The Saturday-night checkpoint began at 8:30 p.m. and continued until around midnight, involving around 18 officers stationed on Auburn Boulevard near Twin Oaks Avenue.

Police said they are also conducting roving “DUI saturation patrols” through New Year’s Eve, which tend to result in higher arrest rates. A prior Memorial Day weekend DUI checkpoint held at the same location on Auburn Boulevard screened 871 vehicles and resulted in two arrests and eight citations. A saturation patrol the night before netted nine arrests in four hours, according to police.

[Learn more about saturation patrols: Citrus Heights police announce 2015 holiday DUI crackdown effort]

Police: pursuit of stolen vehicle ends near Greenback Lane and Birdcage
–Sacramento Sheriff’s deputies pursued a reportedly stolen vehicle through Citrus Heights on Dec. 20, stopping the vehicle near Greenback Lane and Birdcage around 9:45 p.m. According to CHPD spokesman Wesley Herman, the incident did not initially involve Citrus Heights police, but officers assisted the Sheriff’s Department once the vehicle had been stopped. No collateral damage was reported in Citrus Heights from the pursuit, according to police records. At least one suspect was detained.

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See The Sentinel’s full coverage of additional events from the past week:
Dec. 22 — Citrus Heights police convoy delivers Christmas gifts to kids, families
Dec. 25 — Video: 34 photos of Christmas light displays across Citrus Heights

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