Ventura County Courthouse
VENTURA COUNTY — As if the jails weren’t already crowded enough, Ventura County law enforcement efforts make it clear that anyone facing DUI charges in that jurisdiction had better make plans for transportation from any court hearing that don’t involve getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
That was made resoundingly clear to three men making DUI appearances at the Ventura County Superior Courthouse on August 29th who, following judicial instructions precluding them from retaining their driving privileges under terms of license suspension, failed to have the foresight to arrange for alternative means of transportation from the Ventura County Government Center.
As Oxnard residents Gamal Armando Marin, 30, and Walter Derrick Moore, 40, and Ventura resident 45-year-old Rick Daniel left the courtroom following the suspension of their driver’s licenses, they were apparently unaware they were being closely observed by deputies assigned to the Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau in a special operation funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the publicized objective of “keeping impaired drivers off the roads and heightening awareness among the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.”
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Brad Clifton, when each of the men climbed into their vehicles and drove away, they were indivudally and immediately pulled over by deputies and arrested for driving with suspended licenses.
All three “could face additional jail time,” Clifton noted, “along with other financial consequences.” Presumably, Marin, Moore, and Daniel are now understand that Ventura County’s Traffic Court judges expect their rulings to be followed.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Superior Court