California: DUI charges loom for Brandon Brower, 22, of Palm Desert after high-speed booze cruise and crash

DUI checkpoint

Riverside County California Sheriff’s Department

According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Carroll, on Saturday, July 19, 2014 officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to the area of Highway 74 and Shadow Mountain Drive in reference to a single-vehicle traffic collision.

The investigation revealed an Acura sedan was traveling north on Highway 74 near Shadow Mountain Drive.  Witnesses described the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and swerving in and out of traffic prior to the collision.  The vehicle lost control, swerved across the southbound lanes of traffic and collided with a block wall.  The driver was treated by medical personnel and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The driver was identified as Brandon Brower, age 22 of Palm Desert.  It appears alcohol contributed to the accident and charges will be sought against Brower for D.U.I.  Brower was released from custody pending toxicology results and medical clearance.

The Lake Elsinore Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on July 18th, 2014, as part of the city of Lake Elsinore’s commitment to public safety.  This checkpoint was one of many that have been or will be conducted throughout the year in the city.  The checkpoint was located at Lakeside High at Riverside Drive in the city of Lake Elsinore.  The goal of the DUI Checkpoint was to remove impaired and suspended drivers from the roadway and raise public awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Arrested for driving under the influence:

  • William May, 61 years old, Lake Elsinore
  • Russell Mercer, 59 years old, San Clemente
  • Randy Rabanales, 27 years old, Lake Elsinore
  • Steven Arviso, 20 years old, Lake Elsinore
  • 784 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  • 38 Vehicles were diverted to secondary screening
  • 11 Persons were given field sobriety tests
  • 4 DUI suspects were arrested
  • 6 Vehicles stored or impounded for 30 days
  • 12 Unlicensed and suspended drivers sent to Court

Alcohol and drug-impaired driving causes serious injuries and deaths that have marred recent holiday celebrations. The Lake Elsinore Police Department is committed to working aggressively to reduce the incidence of needless tragedy that accompanies any alcohol-related collision.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

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