UPDATE: High Speed Chase in Palm Desert

Two arrested following a high speed chase reaching 80mph at times

This story was last updated at 2:35 p.m.

Two people have been arrested following a high speed car chase on the streets of Palm Desert.  

Deputy Albert Martinez said the vehicle was chased because it fit the description of a vehicle involved in a crash at Michigan and Idaho streets at about 11:15 a.m.  "As the officers are responding to that area, there was one black Nissan with traffic collision damage in the front. They attempted to do a stop, and that's when the pursuit starts,'' Martinez said.

The chase, along Highway 111, reached speeds up 80 miles an hour at times.

The chase ended in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn on Highway 111, where the driver was arrested.  The passenger was taken into custody while trying to hide in the wash adjacent to the hotel.  The names of the two arrested have not been released.

Martinez could not confirm if the chase was connected to a report of gunshots being fired in the area of Avenue of the States and Washington Street at approximately the same time as the crash.   "They're trying to figure out if the shots-fired call is related to that,'' he said.

thena82 August 04, 2012 at 01:17 AM
This Nissian belongs to a close friend of mine. I hope whoever did this gets what they deserve!!!
Reginia Sam August 04, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Glad your friend got their car back.
thena82 August 04, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Thanx but unfortunetly the car is a total loss now. :(
Reginia Sam August 04, 2012 at 10:52 PM
That sucks but I guess that's what insurance is for.


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