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Citing Adenhart case, police promise to swarm Angels Stadium in drunk driving crackdown

October 19, 2009 | 11:54 am

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Orange County authorities are warning baseball fans against drinking and driving after the Angels' playoff game today and said law enforcement officers will be swarming the area around Angel Stadium looking for violators.

The Angels face the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series after 1 p.m. [An earlier version of this post said the game would begin at 1 p.m.]

Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, died in April after a crash with an alleged drunk driver just seven miles from the stadium, where he had pitched earlier that night.

"The death of Nick Adenhart and his two friends was a tragedy and we will do our best to end this baseball season without any more DUI related deaths or injuires," Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said in a news release. 

The Anaheim Police Department distributed a news release asking that motorists not going to Angel Stadium avoid the area during peak traffic time and take alternate routes, and reminding fans that consuming alcohol in the Angel Stadium parking lot is prohibited.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: A memorial to Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart at Angel Stadium. Credit: Adam Rose / Los Angeles Times

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