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Palm Desert police officers arrested three people for driving under the influence during one of their regularly scheduled sobriety checkpoints from 7:00 p.m. Saturday until 3:00 a.m. Sunday on Highway 111 near Plaza Way in Palm Desert, Sheriff’s officials reported.

Approximately 813 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 790 of these were screened, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.

Thirty-five field sobriety tests were conducted and three people were determined to be driving under the influence, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Adams.

Ten other people were arrested for driving without a license or driving on a suspended one. Seven vehicles were towed throughout the course of the evening, Adams said.

The checkpoint was conducted in order to lower the number of alcohol and drug related deaths within the city of Palm Desert, according to Adams.

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