CALIFORNIA: Christian Leon charged with DUI; Alexis Lopez took his half out of the median strip on way to jail

La Quinta Police

LA QUINTA, CALIF. – According to Sergeant David Smith, of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, on Friday, January 25, at approximately 11:13 PM, officers from the La Quinta Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Washington St. and Highway 111.  The vehicle failed to stop for the officers and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. 

Christian Leon DUI arrest La Quinta Police

The suspect fled through the La Quinta Cove and into the City of Coachella where the driver, Christian Leon, 24 years old of Coachella, was taken into custody.  There were no injuries sustained by law enforcement personnel or the public, and there are no outstanding suspects. 

The driver was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for driving under the influence, probation violation, possession of drugs, driving on suspended driver’s license for DUI and evading arrest. 

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Christopher Ternes reports that on January 29, 2019, around 3:56 a.m., officers from the Indian Wells Police Department responded to a reported single-vehicle traffic collision on Highway 111, west of Mountain Cove Drive, within the city of Indian Wells. 

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Alexis Lopez DUI on Jan. 29, 2019 after a crash with the center median Indian Wells Police Dept Riverside County Sheriff

Police say that the investigation revealed a silver Toyota sedan, driven by Alexis Lopez, age 28 of Coachella, was traveling eastbound on Highway 111, when he veered off the roadway and collided with the center median, just west of Mountain Cove Drive. No injuries were reported. Lopez was found to have been operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.  After being medically cleared at a local hospital, Lopez was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Officer David Bush with the Indian Wells Police Department at (760)836-1600, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867) and reference incident #J190290004.  The Indian Wells Police Department urges all drivers not to drink and drive.

Jasmine Dorsey, 23 of Cathedral City, was driving under the influence of alcohol, say Palm Desert Police.


According to Sergeant Joe Ruiz of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, on January 26, 2019, ay 3:27 am. Officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to a single vehicle collision in the area of Hwy 111 and Parkview Drive in Palm Desert.  Officers arrived on scene and located a Jeep facing traffic in the east bound lanes of Hwy 111. The vehicle initially collided into a center median and continued west striking a tree. The investigation revealed, Jasmine Dorsey, age 23 of Cathedral City, was driving under the influence of alcohol.  After being medically cleared at a local hospital, Dorsey was booked into the Riverside County Jail located in the city of Indio for driving under the influence alcohol.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact, Officer Justin Paiyarat from the Palm Desert Police Department at 760-836-1600, or Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867). The Palm Desert Police Department urges all drivers not to drink and drive.

Marie Diekman, 30, of Palm Desert, DUI Jan. 28, 2019, La Quinta Police

On January 28, 2019, at 1:26 AM, La Quinta Officers responded to Avenue 48 and Washington Street, in the city of La Quinta, regarding a single vehicle, non-injury traffic collision. It was determined Marie Diekman, 30-years-old of Palm Desert, was driving a white 2011 Mercedes C 300 westbound on Avenue 48 when she failed to negotiate the turn onto Washington Street, and collided with a curb, a wooden post, and wire barrier. Diekman displayed obvious signs of intoxication and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Diekman was transported to a local hospital as a precaution and was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio.

The La Quinta Police Department would like to remind everyone not to drink and drive.  We are asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Martinez at the Thermal Sheriff’s Station by calling 760-863-899

Jhonatan Urbina, 40 years of Indio, DUI on Jan. 23, 2019 by Palm Desert Police

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at approximately 8:30 AM, officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to a single vehicle traffic collision in the 73-000 block of Ironwood St., Palm Desert.  It was determined the driver,Jhonatan Urbina, 40 years of Indio, was travelling eastbound on Ironwood St. and collided with a block wall on the corner with Burroweed Ln.  Urbina did not sustain any injuries as a result of the collision, but during the investigation it was determined that Urbina showed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  Urbina was arrested for driving under the influence and was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.  Once treated, he was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio.   

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Officer Francis Avila with the Palm Desert Police Department at (760) 836-1600, or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident #T190230045.

John Foster, 63, of Wyoming, Calif. on Jan. 11, 2019 by Palm Desert Police

Police say that on January 11, 2019, 9:44 pm, officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to a reported traffic collision in the 43000 block of Warner Trail, within the city of Palm Desert. Officers determined a black Kia sedan traveling southbound on Warner Trail collided with a parked vehicle at the location. The driver of the Kia, John Foster, age 63 of Wyoming, was found to have been operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. After being medically cleared at a local hospital, John Foster was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for driving under the influence of alcohol.


Sergeant Marcus Abbe reports that the investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact, Officer Nicole Wilhite from the Palm Desert Police Department at 760-836-1600, or Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867). The Palm Desert Police Department urges all drivers not to drink and drive.

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