Santa Rosa police arrested one person on suspicion of driving drunk during a Friday night DUI checkpoint in downtown Santa Rosa.

The checkpoint was set up on Morgan Street at Fifth Street and lasted from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Police said 1,050 vehicles went through the checkpoint.

Fourteen drivers were cited or arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle without a license or with a suspended or revoked license.

Three people were arrested on outstanding warrants and one driver was found in possession of drugs, police said.

Police say the checkpoints are aimed at discouraging residents from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

You can reach Staff Writer Nick Rahaim at 707-521-5203 or

Major wildfires in Lake County

Eight fires in seven years have devoured more than 200,000 acres of terrain and destroyed nearly 2,600 structures in Lake County.


Pawnee fire: 13,000 acres, 22 structures destroyed in Spring Valley.


Sulphur fire: 2,207 acres, 162 structures destroyed, mostly homes.


Clayton fire: 4,000 acres, 300 homes and business in greater Lower Lake.


Rocky fire: 69,000 acres, 43 homes, 53 outbuildings east of Clear Lake.

Jerusalem fire: 25,000 acres, six homes, 21 outbuildings northeast of Middletown.

Valley fire: 76,000 acres, 1,300 homes, 27 multi-family buildings, 66 businesses and 581 outbuildings. The fire, which stretched from Cobb Mountain to Hidden Valley Lake, killed five people.


Wye-Walker fire: 8,000 acres, two homes east of Clear Lake.

Scotts fire: 4,700 acres, Cow Mountain, five injuries.

Source: Press Democrat research