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Police officer made record 432 drunk driving arrests in 2011

March 13, 2012 |  8:00 am

A Costa Mesa police officer made the most drunk driving arrests in Orange County last year and was honored among other area police at a Mothers Against Drunk Driving ceremony last week.

Officer Kha Bao made 432 drunk driving arrests last year and was one of five Costa Mesa officers honored with a Century Award from MADD at the Richard M. Nixon library Thursday, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. Bao is the first Costa Mesa officer to receive such an award.

Also honored were Costa Mesa officers Jose Torres, Oscar Reyes, Crystal Rodriguez and Jared Shurley, who combined with Bao's total made 859 drunk driving arrests last year, police said.

Newport Beach police were also recognized for a high number of arrests, with Officer William Hume receiving a Century Award for his 306 drunk driving arrests in 2011, according to the Newport Beach Police Department, according to the Daily Pilot.

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