According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Jessica Vanderhoof, on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 4:58 P.M., La Quinta police officers responded to the area of Jefferson St. and Pomelo St. regarding a minor injury traffic collision. A white Land Rover was traveling northbound on Jefferson St. south of Pomelo St. and rear-ended a black SUV, which then rear-ended a white sedan. The driver of the Land Rover, Melissa Ringkamp, 39 years of Palm Desert, was evaluated for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol/and or drugs. An occupant of Ringkamp’s vehicle was transported to a local area hospital with a complaint of pain and evaluated. A juvenile was also in the vehicle and uninjured. Ringkamp was arrested and taken to a local area hospital as a precaution before being booked into the Indio Jail.
The La Quinta 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 La Quinta Police Department at (760) 863-8990, or they can call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867).