Last week, Costa Mesa Police set up a DUI checkpoint, stopping about 237 cars. One car that was pulled over had a driver that was driving under the influence. When another car was pulled over and officers told the driver, Patrick Dylan Riley, to roll down the window, officers said it smelled like marijuana. After searching the car, officers found a backpack full of 41 grams of marijuana. Also inside was a digital scale and a list of sales records. Additionally, inside the bag were 5 tabs of LSD or acid. Riley was immediately arrested. It was not clear if he was under the influence of any drugs at the time. Another DUI checkpoint will be set up in Costa Mesa again this week.
A person can be charged with a DUI if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These substances impair thinking, concentration and coordination. Driving is hard enough without mind altering substances. As previously mentioned in my last blog, drugged driving is on the rise. If you get charged with a DUI in Irvine, Huntington Beach or Garden Grove, call an experienced attorney to assist you.