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CHP to stage Napa-area DUI checkpoint Friday

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The California Highway Patrol has announced a sobriety and licensing checkpoint in unincorporated Napa County on Friday.

Traffic levels permitting, all vehicles at the checkpoint site will be checked for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol drugs, or driving without a license, according to CHP, which said in a statement that violators would have their vehicles towed.

The location of the checkpoint was not scheduled for release before 4 p.m. Friday, CHP’s Napa bureau said in a news release.

Funding for CHP checkpoints is provided by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A prosecutor says that a commercial truck driver charged in the 2019 deaths of seven members of a Marine motorcycle club told police he caused the crash and wasn't looking, while his lawyer said it was the fault of the lead biker, who looked over his shoulder at his fellow riders moments beforehand. The prosecutor said Tuesday that 26-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy had taken heroin, fentanyl and cocaine on June 21, 2019, before the head-on crash along U.S. Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire. Zhukovskyy's lawyer said the lead biker was drunk and came into contact with Zhukovskyy's truck first. Jurors visited the crash scene Monday and traced Zhukovskyy's route from an auto dealership in Gorham along U.S. Route 2 to the crash site in Randolph, about 10 miles away. Opening statements began Tuesday at state superior court in Lancaster. The motorcyclists who died June 21, 2019, were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and ranged in age from 42 to 62. They were part of a larger group that had just left a motel along the highway and were headed to an American Legion Post in Gorham to set up for an annual meeting. They were traveling east when they collided with the westbound truck, which was towing an empty flatbed trailer. Killed were Edward and Jo-Ann Corr, a couple from Lakeville, Massachusetts; Michael Ferazzi, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Albert Mazza, of Lee, New Hampshire; Desma Oakes, of Concord, New Hampshire; Aaron Perry, of Farmington, New Hampshire; and Daniel Pereira, of Riverside, Rhode Island. In addition to the deaths, several bikers were injured. Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving under the influence and reckless conduct. He has been in jail since the crash.

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