Calif. police arrest 381 in DUI sweep


By ERICK N. NELSON
Inside Bay Area (California)
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More than 100 Bay Area police departments put out extra patrols and arrested 381 motorists on drunken driving charges over the five-day Independence Day weekend as police blamed drinking for two deaths.

Authorities said they believe alcohol use was a factor in fatal crashes that killed a passenger in a head-on Oakland collision and a motorcyclist on a rural Marin County road.

The death toll was the highest for a Fourth of July weekend since 2003, when five people were killed in alcohol-related crashes. In each of 2004 and 2005, holiday weekend drinking claimed one life.

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