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Escalon Officers Lauded By MADD
Escalon Field Training Officer Robert Anthony Hardgraves, left, and Sgt. Gustavo Flores pose with the plaque the department received from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Each officer also received a 23152 pin as the officers with the most DUI arrests in the department. Marg Jackson/The Times


Escalon Police Sgt. Gustavo Flores and Field Training Officer Robert ‘Anthony’ Hardgraves were recently tapped for recognition by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The two were cited as the officers in the department with the most driving under the influence arrests, earning a ‘23152’ pin. The 23152 signifies the penal code section for DUI.

“During the annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving training session in conjunction with the California Office of Traffic Safety, the department was acknowledged for its effort in the fight to control driving under the influence,” said Escalon Police Chief Mike Borges. “The department received a plaque from MADD for our efforts in DUI enforcement and participation in the Avoid program.”

Flores said the two officers had the highest amount of DUI arrests for the year in the Escalon agency.

“Sergeant Flores had four arrests and FTO Hardgraves had three arrests,” Flores noted. “Granted, this may not appear to be a large amount but considering the time that is involved in processing a subject arrested for DUI, and the size of our community their efforts are to be commended.

“As an example in 2012 the OTS rankings for Escalon as it relates to DUI arrests was 12th out of 66 agencies in comparable size with population of 2,501 to 10,000.”