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Cops Shatter Driver's Window at DUI Checkpoint

Two men challenged an Escondido (Calif.) Police sobriety checkpoint and videotaped the incident, which involved the officers shattering the window of the driver who refused to show his ID.

May 06, 2011

Comments (24)

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Josh @ 5/8/2011 2:54 AM

How stupid can you be, all you had to do is show a license. They set out to do something of this nature, and will probably call them selves " freedom fighters" !

Tim @ 5/9/2011 1:13 PM

Josh you are so right. Dumb mexicans.

Young112 @ 5/9/2011 7:18 PM

Clearly they wanted their 15 minutes of fame here, "we'll show them." It's funny that they wanted the officer to follow the law, by identifying himself, but they themselves did not want to follow it. They knew full well what they were doing. Does anyone know what the arrests were and what the outcome was on this?

skinni99 @ 5/9/2011 7:23 PM

It appears to me that they entered the checkpoint with the specific intent to delay it. On top of that hey are being complete idiots! This is why cops get sued and written up, because people like this cause problems for no reason other than to cause problems. Im curious to see what happens in court. I have only worked 1 or 2 checkpoints in 10 years and now I wonder what the legality of detentions are. I think ill do some research so I don't end up in a predicament.

skinni99 @ 5/9/2011 7:24 PM

By the way I think the cops were more than courteous during the contact.

cj nash @ 5/9/2011 10:32 PM

What a couple of anal retentive reprobates!

Timothy Reynolds @ 5/10/2011 5:27 AM

The driver failed to follow the lawful directions of a police officer by not producing his driver's license at a clearly marked sobriety check point. After the driver's arrest for interference with official acts, the passenger also failed to follow the lawful directions of the police officers, which resulted in his arrest. Both men were rediculously trying to force their own arrest to make a point. Very immature!

Ed @ 5/10/2011 6:00 AM

Why did the officers not simply tell them their name and badge number?

@Tim - Remarks like your about 'dumb Mexicans' is inappropriate and makes all officers look bad.

These two obviously had an agenda. Would be interested in knowing the rest of their story.

Bob @ 5/10/2011 7:41 AM

The officers displayed great restraint. The officers were polite. The officers did not use foul language. The officers did not use any racial slurs. They did everything right. Breaking the glass was the lowest option they had in order to continue with their LAWFUL sobriety/license checkpoint duties. These two morons (posing as legal experts) deserved what they got. Hopefully they will think twice the next time they choose to disrupt a lawful checkpoint. Sobriety checkpoints have been ruled to be legal in nearly every US State and at the US Supreme Court as well. Only a few States choose not to permit them. Granted, they are about as close to an "infringement" on the fourth amendment as you can get BUT there is nothing wrong with them per se.

Tony @ 5/10/2011 8:46 AM

Both of these individuas are idiots; very immature. Apparently, the driver is the passenger's puppet. I hope they were both arrested for consipiracy.

dp @ 5/10/2011 9:49 AM

very professional traff stop and officers, dumb and dumber and idiots for the two guys......

Turbo @ 5/10/2011 9:51 AM

"Hey, I got an idea! Why don't we grab a camera and drive around, find some cops, and bust their balls? Yeah, yeah, that's a GREAT idea. Maybe they'll even arrest us. How awesome would that be??"

I hope the video gets used against them when they go to court.

Whenever I have people asking for my name and badge number, I either hand them my business card, or I tell them that it will be clearly legible on the bottom of the summons.

RV @ 5/10/2011 5:20 PM

They were given every opportunity to show there DL & Reg. Instead,they choose to challenge the officers @ a DUI Check point. Simply opening the window,taken the sobriety test-Passing it and using common sense they would have been on there way in less than 15 minutes. There mission was to test the patience & antagonize the Officers. They deserve to be placed under arrest.

Stan @ 5/10/2011 5:39 PM

It would appear their intention was to test the check point, why were they video taping even before they got to the check point, looked like they were looking for trouble

Howard @ 5/11/2011 1:41 AM

Ohio Sgt. that was killed what a shame, how many times have we been on the road doing similar events and walked away? Last year had a vehicle skid and stopped 12 inches away from hitting me.

Edward Gomez @ 5/11/2011 1:46 PM

From a risk management point of view, it is clear what these two citizens were attempting to do. Legally, the first officer they make contact screws up by telling the driver that he will break the window if he does not lower it.....the driver responded that he could hear the officer clearly.....the next sentence out of the officer's mouth was that both passengers were being detained. Does this sound like a legal detention? Being detained for not lowering a window? I don't think so. The driver does fail to provide identification and or a driver’s license. At that point legally, I could see the officers taking action, however the officer's initial detention was not legal, therefore I could see the case being dismissed and the two passengers seeking a lawsuit and being paid. It will be interesting to see how the court rules. Great training video.

Michael @ 5/13/2011 12:45 PM

One of the stupidist things Ive seen. They didnt even "smash" the window out, they used a centerpunch! How much more polite could they be???

John @ 5/23/2011 7:34 AM

I really loathe people who interfere for no reason other then to interfere. I love roadside attorneys. You know, the guys who have law degrees as soon as they get pulled over. I can only say that I would have started throwing out big phrases to these guys in response to their questions. They didn't have much to work with other then asking if they were being detained. I can only say that it looks like the cops got flustered too quick. But I'm not saying they did anything wrong. Good luck with this case, I hope you crush them.

Stephanie @ 5/24/2011 8:58 AM

Very interesting and yes theywere not wrong about several things I spoke with an officer and showed him this he said they were in their legal right not to role window down all the way what they did do wrong was not show their ids the officers should have given name and badge when asked now because they refuse to show Id the officer was Right in breaking window and placing these two under arrest for failure to comply.

fate300m @ 10/20/2011 3:19 AM

They received the the officers name and badge number from the ticket they received. LMAO! Too funny!

kris @ 7/12/2013 4:22 PM

Are you people completely daft? Checkpoints are utterly unconstitutional and you have every right to refuse all requests.

Unless you're being charged with something, you aren't being detained. Unless there's probably cause, the police cannot detain you. Probable cause is not 'driving down the road being mexican'.

Get a grip, this isn't nazi Germany. Your grandparents and parents fought against things like this.

eatyums @ 8/2/2013 6:00 PM

The rights of American citizens 101

The fourth amendment clearly states: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

It's amazing how many officers here act as if they are above the law of the land. Without probable cause, you cannot have a search or seizure. Period. There are no state laws that are more important that the Constitution of the United States.

These rights are here to protect everyone, including the officers and the officers' friends and family. Because when power is abused, the innocent pay the toll, not the criminals.

Realitista @ 8/3/2013 6:05 AM

The idiots at the top of this comment list show why it's so easy to take away people's rights. This is a clear violation of their personal property rights and search and seizure laws. They hadn't done anything wrong, the police had no probable cause, and couldn't even name the statute they were being arrested under.

Bend over and take whatever those in power give you and you will soon have nothing. Those at the top of these comments are feebleminded idiots.

Johnny @ 12/14/2014 7:49 PM

Thank You to kris, eatyums and Realitista. I hope you are police officers. Its nice to know that at least 3 people still care about and value the United States Constitution. Its unfortunate how many police in the comments section feel they are above the Constitution. These are the same cops who will be breaking down our doors to confiscate our firearms. With checkpoints such as this they've taken down the 4th, also with laws against open carry and no ccw permits ever given out they've taken down the 2nd. Soon they'll take away the 1st, then the 5th amendment will follow and the entire Bill of Rights with it. Shame on all you oath breakers.

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