Police arrested 13 suspected drunken drivers during a recent sobriety checkpoint in Hawthorne.
More than 1,500 vehicles entered the eight-hour checkpoint that began at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at Crenshaw and El Segundo boulevards, police said.
Besides those arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, one person was arrested for being a minor under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, 23 drivers had suspended licenses and 22 drivers were unlicensed.
Police towed 48 vehicles.
One man was arrested after he tried to drive through the cone pattern to avoid the checkpoint. When officers ordered him to stop, he drove away. Heavy traffic prevented officers from chasing him, but they later found his car abandoned about two blocks away. Police searched the area and found him hiding in a trash can.
The man was a parolee. He was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and evading arrest.
- Larry Altman