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Riverside police make DUI arrests

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 5:10 p.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE — Police made three DUI arrests in Riverside over the weekend, including a felony.

Officers stopped a vehicle at 2:50 a.m. Saturday driven by Francisco Soto, 42, of the 2700 block of Kenilworth Avenue in Berwyn for a traffic violation. Soto was stopped for drifting into oncoming traffic and driving through a steady red light at Harlem Avenue and 26th Street, police said, and he was determined to be intoxicated and subsequently was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic violations.

At 8:15 a.m. Saturday, a Riverside officer on patrol heard the sounds of a traffic crash in the area of Harlem and Ogden avenues. When the officer arrived at the intersection, he observed that a traffic crash had taken place and one vehicle had major front-end damage.

Upon speaking with the driver, Brandon R. Wittenborne, 23, of the 2200 block of South 3rd Avenue, North Riverside, police determined he was intoxicated and he was charged with DUI and other traffic violations, according to police reports.

At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, police arrested Nabor R. Medina, 36, of the 500 block of South Cass Avenue, Westmont, after he was seen striking the curb several times while driving west on Ogden Avenue from First Avenue.

When stopped, Medina pulled onto the sidewalk and then back to the roadway before coming to a complete stop on Ogden Avenue west of First Avenue. It was determined through DUI field testing that Medina was intoxicated, police said. Police recovered nine empty Corona 12-ounce beer bottles along with three full Corona bottles, one empty Modelo 12-ounce beer along with 23 full cans still inside the case.

Once in custody, it was determined that Medina had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DUI conviction. He was charged with felony DUI, felony driving while license suspended based on a prior DUI conviction.

Police Chief Thomas Weitzel stated DUI enforcement is definitely one of the department's priorities.

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