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MADD Honors Petaluma Officer For Keeping Drunk Drivers Off The Road

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A policeman walks with a driver handcuffed for suspicion of driving under the influence at a DUI checkpoint. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A policeman walks with a driver handcuffed for suspicion of driving under the influence at a DUI checkpoint. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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PETALUMA (CBS SF) — Petaluma police officer Matthew Capitelli will be honored Saturday by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for his DUI enforcement efforts.

Capitelli has been honored every year by MADD since 2008, Lt. Matthew Stapleton said. He earned the “Century Award” in 2014 for making 115 DUI arrests within a single 12-month period.

Capitelli has been known to make five DUI arrests within a single work shift, and documents his investigations to ensure successful prosecutions, Stapleton said.

Capitelli joined the Petaluma Police Department on July 20, 2005. He had prior medic experience and is an on-duty medic and a SWAT team medic, Stapleton said.

MADD honors law enforcement officers in California each year for their efforts to stop driving under the influence and underage drinking.

Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons and Sgt. Jim Stephenson will be with Capitelli when he receives his award today at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

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