Fatal collision leads to arrest near I-10

A 30-year-old Desert Hot Springs man remains in jail following a fatal traffic collision on North Indian Canyon Drive early Monday morning.

According to Palm Springs police, the man was the driver of a vehicle that collided with a steel pole near the intersection of North Indian Canyon Drive and Garnet Road just after 1 AM. A female passenger in the Toyota driven by the man died in the incident.

A passenger in a vehicle driven by a 30-year-old man suspected of driving impaired was killed early Monday morning at this intersection near Interstate 10.

Police said the driver was believed to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where he remains today on $75,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court in Indio Wednesday morning.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident. Southbound Indian Canyon traffic was blocked for several hours while police completed their investigation.

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CODE COMPLIANCE: The city reported 132 code compliance activities and 18 citations in its weekly report ending April 18, including six vacation rental violation citations. There were a total of 40 calls reported to the Vacation Rental Hotline. In the prior week’s report, there were 145 activities reported, including 15 calls to the hotline and seven vacation rental citations.

WEAPONS, FIREWORKS, DRUGS FOUND: Police performing an early-morning check of a vehicle in the 300 block of North Palm Canyon Drive April 17 found several dangerous items in addition to two men wanted on outstanding warrants. According to a police report, officers checking on the vehicle at 1:30 AM arrested the men, then discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun, homemade fireworks, suspected fentanyl, and a Taser during a subsequent search of the vehicle. One of the men was released with a citation, while the other was booked into jail in Indio on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a handgun, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of an explosive device, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of narcotic while in possession of a firearm.

A load 9 mm handgun and homemade fireworks were just some of the items police recovered from a vehicle early Saturday morning.



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