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BPD: Checkpoint nabs DUI and unlicensed drivers — and a gun with an obliterated serial number

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A Bakersfield Police Department checkpoint held in the 4600 block of Stockdale Highway Saturday night led to two DUI arrests, numerous citations and the discovery of a concealed illegal handgun that had an obliterated serial number.

Held between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday, 559 vehicles were screened.

Twelve people were cited for driving while unlicensed, and 11 were cited for driving on a suspended license, a BPD news release said. Twenty-four vehicles were seized; of those, 18 were impounded and six were released to licensed drivers.

Checkpoint funding comes through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.