Costa Mesa has released the audio tapes from police at a Sept. 16 DUI checkpoint where Planning Commissioner Jim Righeimer confronted police about the timing and location of their stop.
The city attorney's office released three digital audio files, with the longest one, at 1 minute and 16 seconds, providing the clearest audio of what happened that evening. The checkpoint started at 6 p.m. on southbound Harbor Boulevard south of Gisler Avenue, not far from a San Diego (405) Freeway off ramp. Righeimer approached police about 6:30 p.m. after sitting in traffic for nearly half an hour, he said.
On the tape, Righeimer can be heard telling police the checkpoint is "not a good idea."
An unidentified officer replies, "OK."
"OK?" Righeimer replies. "Who do I have to talk to? [Police Chief Chris] Shawkey? Who? This is unbelievable. I cannot believe it. I mean, how come at this time of the day during rush hour traffic?"