2014-03-31 —- According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept. — On Friday, March 28, 2014, at 11:59 PM, the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (CVVCGTF) initiated a five minute pursuit of a suspected drunk driver in the city of Coachella that ended in a traffic collision on Genoa Street and Avenue 52 in Coachella. The Coachella Community Action Team responded and assisted with the apprehension of the driver who fled the scene on foot. The driver, Octavio Hernandez, age 27 of North Shore, was arrested for evading and suspicion of driving while impaired with alcohol. Hernandez was transported to a local hospital for precautionary medical treatment then booked at the Riverside County 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).