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DHS Resident Collides with Hydrant

A 46-year-old man who struck a fire hydrant while driving through a gas station may have been under the influence, Rancho Mirage Police Investigators said.

A man arrested after colliding with a fire hydrant while driving through a gas station was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, Rancho Mirage Police said Friday.

Salvador Rodriguez, 46, from Desert Hot Springs, was not injured in the crash, officials said.

Officers were called at 6:25 p.m. May 2 to the intersection of Bob Hope and Gerald Ford drives.

They said they determined that the driver of a white Chevy Blazer, later identified as Rodriguez, was heading west through the Chevron gas station parking lot when he somehow collided with a fire hydrant. Rodriguez parked the vehicle and remained on scene, officers said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that alcohol was a factor during this collision, officers said.

The investigation is ongoing. Rancho Mirage Police officers ask anyone with information about this incident to call the department at (760) 836-1600 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867.

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