An East County law enforcement sweep resulted in the arrests of scores of people wanted on outstanding warrants, many for unresolved DUI cases.
"This task force was put together to go out and knock on those peoples doors starting at six in the morning, and bring them down to jail," said Douglas Rose, Deputy District Attorney.
A number of law enforcement agencies including the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, La Mesa Police, El Cajon Police, and the California Highway Patrol took part in the sweep. According to the District Attorney's office, the cases go back about 18 months.
"Over 800 people have been arrested for DUI and never answered for their charges," said Officer Brian Pennings of the California Highway Patrol.
One by one, men and women, some wearing pajamas were handcuffed, booked, and hauled off to jail until they see a judge, which the DA said would be likely on Friday.
"They need to be responsible, that they don't do this again, the drinking and driving, anything they can do to make it safer," said Captain Teresa Sumprer of the California Highway Patrol.
For Lori Brauer of El Cajon, she wishes 18 years ago that a driver was more responsible. Her husband was killed while riding his bike by an underage drunk driver.
"He was killed instantly, and at the time we had a six-year-old son," she said.
Lori now helps with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). She attended today's warrant sweep and said there are a lot of emotions when she sees DUI offenders.
"It's sad, but I'm glad to see that you know that it's being taken serious. And you know what, you're putting everybody at risk, and we're going to hold you accountable," she said.
According to the DA's office, there are about 3,000 DUI arrests in East County alone each year.
Law enforcement had about 800 warrants. However when the six hour sweep ended, sheriffs and police had rounded up 67 people, said Pennings. He also said a third of those arrested were women.
"This is a preventable crime. And that's what we want. We want people to stop and think and say you know what, I'm not going to do it.," said Brauer.