When law enforcement officials announce looming DUI checkpoints, they will routinely note the goal is not to catch drunken drivers but inform the public about the dangers of climbing behind the wheel impaired. But Eric Paul Ivanoff is accused of giving Cypress Police no choice, being drunk in a rear-end crash at a sobriety stop at Valley View Street and Lincoln Avenue that injured three women Friday evening.
The checkpoint had only been up and running about a half hour when the crash happened, Ivanoff allegedly ran away and became combative when he was taken into custody, police said. He was held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail on several charges.
The crash injured three women, two of whom were taken to a trauma center with moderate injuries, according to police, who reported all three were in stable condition over the weekend. An officer working the checkpoint also received minor injuries, police added.