On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at about 2:00 p.m. officers from the Indian Wells Police Department responded to the intersection of Hwy 111 and El Dorado Drive, in reference to a traffic collision. The driver of a black Volkswagen Jetta was traveling eastbound on Hwy 111 just passing the intersection with El Dorado Drive. The driver of the Volkswagen collided into a white Sterling 825 SL that was also traveling eastbound on Hwy 111.
The investigation revealed that alcohol was a factor during this traffic collision. The driver of the Volkswagen, James William Garvis age 52 from Palm Desert, was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated and booked into Riverside County Jail in the city of Indio. Garvis suffered no injuries as a result of the collision. The female driver of the white Sterling was not injured as a result of this collision.
At about 2:28 AM on Thursday, December 19, Palm Desert Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle roll-over collision at the corner of Monterey Avenue and Dinah Shore Drive in Palm Desert. Upon arrival they discovered a white 2014 Chevrolet pick-up truck lying on its roof on the vacant commercial lot at the southeast corner of the intersection. The investigation revealed the truck had been traveling east through the intersection at a high rate of speed when it lost control and struck a pedestal traffic signal pole at the southeast corner, shearing it from the sidewalk. The truck continued over the city owned sculptures and rock landscaping, causing it to overturn and coming to rest on the vacant lot.
The driver and sole occupant was identified as Francine Kitchen, 32 years old of Palm Desert, who displayed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication. Kitchen had a minor injury to her right hand and refused all medical treatment at the scene. A DUI Enforcement Officer responded to the scene to conduct an investigation and eventually arrested Kitchen for driving while intoxicated. City roads responded to the location regarding the damaged signal and city property.
The Palm Desert Police and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to caution all motorists to never drink and drive. All drivers are encouraged to immediately call 9-1-1 if they see a suspected drunk driver on the roadway.