Officers from the California Highway Patrol surprised Firebaugh residents with a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint on Avenue 7 1/2, west of Canal Street, and screened at least 355 drivers.
According to the CHP, the local Cinco de Mayo celebration weekend was routine and fairly quiet, with no major injury collisions on State Route 99 or in Madera County as of midday Sunday.
CHP Sgt. Michael Donnelly said the Saturday night checkpoint netted no drivers under the influence, but seven drivers were cited for driving without licenses and two others were cited for driving on suspended licenses. Those two vehicles were impounded, according to Donnelly.
Donnelly said the distant location just outside of the Firebaugh city limits was a busy thoroughfare to the Bay Area, and the six CHP officers at the checkpoint were assisted by at least six Firebaugh police officers, off and on throughout the evening...