A Stockton police officer stops a driver who had just received a license suspension after being being charged with driving under the influence in court, Aug. 30, 2013.
STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police officers were watching drunk driving defendants when they got in their vehicles shortly after leaving court Friday.
Moments before in court, the drivers went before a judge who had made it clear their licenses were suspended because of their DUI issues.
Seven people were cited for leaving the building and then driving away.
"The people in court today are all violators of driving under the influence. We want the message out: it's a crime first to drive under the influence, and then violate a judge's order," said police spokesperson Officer Joe Silva.
Jose Guiterrez offered no excuses for his decision. "I don't have a ride. Everyone's working. Nobody's perfect," he said.
Frank Jackalone thought his license situation was stable. "I thought I was squared away. This is a long-time-ago deal. I don't drink, let alone drink and drive," said Jackalone.
The people who were cited had their cars towed as well.