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Posted: Sunday, July 4, 2004 7:06 am | Updated: 5:24 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

East Valley law enforcement agencies patrolled for drunken drivers en masse Friday night, arresting 82 people in the first night of a weekend DUI task force.

Also this holiday weekend, five people were killed in two crashes south of the East Valley.

Four people were ejected and killed in a single-vehicle rollover that occurred just before 8 a.m. Saturday on state Route 387 at Interstate 10 near Casa Grande, said officer Steve Volden of the Arizona Department of Public Service. They were not identified. DPS officers are investigating.

Alcohol was suspected in the other crash, which killed motorcyclist Augustin Trujillo, 43, of Terra Bella, Calif., when he collided with a Chevrolet pickup at 5:20 a.m. Saturday on I-10 near Chandler.

The driver of the pickup, 25-year-old Jake Bortness of Casa Grande, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and manslaughter, Volden said.

Statewide, 23 law enforcement agencies reported a total of 119 DUI arrests Friday during more than 2,700 traffic stops, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Numbers for Tucson and Pima County arrests were not available.

Police officers from Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix and the DPS combined efforts Friday for the East Valley Task Force, which set up its command center in Chandler.

The average blood alcohol content of those arrested was .183, more than double the legal limit, said Chandler detective George Arias.

About 1,000 drivers statewide also were cited for other violations, such as speeding or not wearing seat belts.

Police will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach while conducting saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints and youth alcohol enforcement until Monday.

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