Palm Desert, Calif. — According to Palm Desert Police, on Thursday, July 31, 2014 Officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to the area of Portola Ave and Quicksilver Drive in reference to a two-vehicle traffic collision.
The investigation revealed a Ford Fusion was traveling north on Portola Ave approaching Quicksilver Drive when the vehicle rear-ended a Lexus sedan.
Melissa Turley, age 50 of Cathedral City, was found to be driving her vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and was arrested.
She was booked into the Riverside County Jail located in the city of Indio after receiving medical clearance from a local hospital.
Denton Police charged Jacob Lee, 20 of Denton, with DUI. Police responded to Savannah
Overlook for a report of someone knocking on doors in the neighborhood. Police spoke with a
witness who advised they were awakened by what sounded like a motor vehicle collision. The witness
advised they observed a vehicle leaving the area but that vehicle returned and the operator,
identified as Lee, got out of the vehicle and started walking toward the witness’s residence. The
witness stated it was obvious that the subject was intoxicated and called the police
Police, citing preliminary information, said a 2007 Chevy Impala was driving westbound on Aurora Avenue when it left the roadway at Eagle Street, crashing into several trees and landing in a quarry.
The driver was able to escape from the vehicle and swam to safety, according to authorities. He was transported to Edward Hospital where he was treated and released.
Two passengers inside the vehicle, identified as Mihirtej Boddupalli, 21, of Lisle and Sajaad Safiullah Syed, 21, of Naperville, were unable to escape and were found by fire and police divers.
The driver of the pick-up was identified as Scott Charles Hampton, age 56 of Palm Desert, who was determined to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. No one was injured as a result of the collision and the roadway remained open during the investigation. Hampton was arrested and booked into the jail located in the city of Indio for suspicion of driving under the influence. Alcohol was determined to be a factor in the collision.