"Court sting" leads to four arrests

INDIO, Calif. - Four people were arrested Monday during a sting operation focusing on DUI suspects who aren't supposed to get behind the wheel.

Victor Hernandez, 49, of La Quinta was arrested Monday morning in the ``court sting'' targeting DUI suspects whose licenses are suspended or revoked, or who drive without a license. The sting was operated by the Palm Desert Traffic Services Team at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Also arrested were Walter Lilly, 58, of Palm Springs; Yamilia Bernal, 23, of North Shore; and Larry Baker, 49, of La Quinta. All four arrestees were allegedly driving on suspended licenses and their vehicles were impounded, according to the sheriff's department.

Lilly, Bernal and Baker posted $2,500 bonds on Monday, and Hernandez is being held in lieu of $2,500 bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, according to jail records.

According to the sheriff's department, deputies staked out people who had been told by a judge not to drive and/or who had been told of their license suspension. Deputies followed 20 people from courtrooms to their vehicles to ensure that they weren't driving.

``While some offenders complied with the law and had alternate means of transportation, four individuals in court for DUI while driving on a suspended or unlicensed driver proceeded to get behind the wheel and drove away from the courthouse,'' sheriff's Sgt. Dave Adams said.

The sting was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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