LA QUINTA, CALIF. (10/21/2015) — According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Adam Elders on Tuesday, October 21, 2015 at 1:36 A.M. the La Quinta Police Department responded to the area of Hwy 111 and Jefferson St. reference a traffic collision. The initial investigation revealed a Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling westbound on Hwy 111 and collided with the center median and a traffic sign.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, identified as Garo Jean Kassabian, 47 years old of Glendale Ca., was evaluated and placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol/ and or drugs. Kassabian was taken to a local hospital for precaution prior to being booked for driving under the influence.
Kennie Smith Jr. charged with hit and run after slamming into parked vehicle; witness gave his tag number and description to police who quickly pinched him!
Sgt. Chris Willson reports that on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 11:57 P.M., the Palm Desert Police Department responded to the 40200 block of Harris Lane in Palm Desert to investigate a hit and run traffic collision. Investigation revealed a black Ford Explorer entered the parking lot and collided into an unoccupied parked vehicle at the location. The driver of the Ford Explorer failed to stop and left the scene.
A witness obtained a vehicle description and license plate of the Ford Explorer. Officers located the vehicle in the immediate area and conducted an enforcement stop. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as Kennie Smith Jr., 24 of La Quinta. Smith was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol/and or drugs and hit and run. Smith was taken to a local area hospital as a precaution before he was booked at the county jail in Indio. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.
The Palm Desert 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 the Palm Desert Police Department at (760) 836-1600, or they can call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867).