RIPON — Police arrested two people suspected of possessing thousands of dollars worth of prescription drugs after the pair was seen in a car that almost crashed trying to avoid a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night.
Officers spotted a maroon 1990 Buick LeSabre backing out of the sobriety checkpoint, said Sgt. Steve Merchant, a Ripon police spokesman.
Merchant said the car almost crashed, but evaded the checkpoint. A short time later, officer Scott Lindsay pulled the car over in the Love's Truck Stop parking lot on Colony Road, east of Highway 99.
Officers searched the car and found 844 prescription pills with the estimated street value of $4,000 to $8,000. Merchant said the drugs found were cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant; Seroquel, which treats schizophrenia; and propoxyphene, a moderate pain reliever.
Police arrested Esteven Raul Chavez, 26, of Clovis and a 17-year-old Stockton boy on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance. Police did not release the boy's name because he is a minor.
Merchant said 10 other people were arrested at a sobriety checkpoint on suspicion of driving under the influence. Six vehicles were impounded.
He said three drivers were cited for driving with a suspended license, two were cited for driving without a license, one was cited for reckless driving and two were cited for possession of marijuana.
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