Sebastopol police set up a drunken driving checkpoint at the eastern entrance to town Saturday night, screening 900 drivers in about five hours.

Officers arrested one person suspected of driving impaired and cited eight unlicensed drivers.

The checkpoint was held at Sebastopol and Barnes avenues from 6:20-11:30 p.m.

The vast majority of drivers were stopped for a brief time before being sent through the checkpoint. Seven drivers were given a closer look for being impaired, leading to the one arrest.

Officers also checked the license status of 75 drivers and found eight who were behind the wheel despite not being valid drivers and one with a suspended license.

They cited one driver suspected of possessing marijuana and one for violating a restraining order, according to police.

Grant money from the California Office of Traffic Safety paid Sebastopol police to run the checkpoint.

To participate:
Purchase a live Christmas tree from a participating nursery and drop it off when you’re done with it.
- Star Gardens Nursery, 21288 Washington St., Middletown, 987-0998
- Cottage Gardens, 3995 Emerald Dr., Petaluma, 778-8025
- Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery, 3244 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, 823-9125
- Mid City Nursery, Napa-Vallejo Highway 29, American Canyon, 642-4167
- Nottingham Nursery & Garden Supply, 3360 Old Highway 53, Clearlake, 994-2605
- Penngrove Growers Nursery, 9740 Old Redwood Highway, Penngrove, 795-4043
- Prickett’s Nursery, 5855 Sonoma Highway, Santa Rosa, 539-3030
- Prickett’s Nursery, 12950 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, 433-8904
- Urban Tree Farm Nursery, 3010 Fulton Road, Fulton, 544-4446

For more information, or to be part of the lottery of families to receive trees, contact Kathy Blair at 972-2084 or, or head to the Facebook page, “Cobb and Middletown Gifting a Tree Project.”