A Palm Desert man was behind bars today on suspicion of being drunk when he rammed into a Lexus SUV, injuring five people in Rancho Mirage.
Aaron Michael Kashola, 26, was being held in lieu of $50,000 at the Indio Jail on suspicion of a felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, jail records show.
Kashola was arrested just after 11 p.m. Thursday at the scene of the crash on Monterey Avenue at Shadow Ridge Road, which is south of Gerald Ford Drive -- a half mile from the , according to sheriff's Sgt. Radek Horkel.
He is accused of slamming his Chrysler 300 into a Lexus SUV, Horkel said.
Three adults and two children were taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, said Cheri Patterson of the Riverside County Fire Department.
According to court records, Kashola divorced from his wife last year, but has no other criminal history in the Coachella Valley.