04/30/2014 — According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 5:30 a.m, the Coachella Police Department responded to a reported traffic collision involving a single vehicle in the Cardenas Grocery Store parking lot on Harrison Street south of Avenue 50. The investigation revealed the driver collided with a block wall, and a trash dumpster. The driver, Esteban Lopez, age 32 of Thermal, was arrested for suspicion of driving while impaired with alcohol. Lopez was booked at the jail in Indio.
The city of Coachella encourages all drivers not to drink and drive. To report drunk drivers, please call 911. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the Coachella Police Department, at (760) 863-8990, or they can call in anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867).
On Monday, April 28, 2014, at about 12:45 AM, officers of the Palm Desert Police Department responded to the 72-000 block of Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, in reference to an active of disturbance. Upon arrival, officers found that Chris Parnell, 26 of La Quinta, who was a party in the disturbance, collided with a parked vehicle in the area. Parnell, who was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, was arrested and later booked at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and booked on charges of driving under the influence. Alcohol appears to have been a factor in this collision.
Off-Roading With Booze Produced Fatal Outcome
According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Jason Edmondson on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 10:10 P.M., deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to a major injury traffic collision in the dirt field located on the east side of the intersection at Sumner Avenue and Limonite Avenue, in the city of Eastvale. This collision involved an off-road vehicle (O.R.V.) with four occupants. The preliminary investigation revealed the O.R.V. was southbound in the field and overturned from a turning maneuver. The Eastvale Fire Department and American Medical Response responded to the scene and treated the victims.
The driver of the O.R.V. was transported to a local area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. One passenger was also transported to another local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The two remaining passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at the scene.
The Eastvale Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in this collision. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Blair at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600.
On Friday April 25th, 2014 at 11:10 PM Rancho Mirage Police Officers were conducting a major injury traffic collision investigation at the intersection of Dinah Shore cross of Da Vall Drive in the City of Rancho Mirage. During the investigation, a female driving a silver Honda Odyssey drove southbound on Da Vall Drive side-swiped the rear end of a unoccupied patrol vehicle. The driver, later identified as Angela Michelle Vogt, age 38 of Canada, was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol and subsequently arrested. Alcohol appears to have been a factor in this collision.
The Rancho Mirage Police Department encourages all drivers not to drink and drive. To report drunk drivers, please call 911. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact Officer C. Rogers with the Rancho Mirage Police Department at (760) 836-1600, or they can call in anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) reference incident #S141150057.
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DUI Checkpoint Nets 4 Arrests
Perris, CA – The Perris Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, 04/25/14, at Hwy.74 and Trumble between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.
During this DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint, Deputies contacted drivers in the westbound lanes of Hwy.74. A total of 276 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Of those vehicles, 27 vehicles were directed into the secondary inspection/evaluation area which resulted in the following:
- 4 Drivers performed standardized field sobriety tests
- 1 DUI-Alcohol suspect arrested
- 1 DUI-Drug impaired suspect arrested
- 1 Driver arrested for possession of methamphetamine
- 1 felony arrest warrant served
- 9 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed
- 5 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle while suspended/revoked
- 12 Vehicles were stored or impounded
Due to rain, the checkpoint was concluded at 11:00PM in favor of DUI saturation patrol.
It is the Perris Police Department’s ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways. The Perris Police Department wishes to remind you that if you drink alcoholic beverages or use controlled substances, do not drive! Designate a sober driver.
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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