Police Allege Drunk Palm Desert Man Slams Into Median, Crashes Down Ravine

Palm Desert police say they believe alcohol was a factor in a crash early Monday morning near Country Club Drive and Washington Street.

A 21-year-old Palm Desert man was free on $2,500 bail Monday, hours after his suspected involvement in a DUI crash that sent his car off the roadway, into a ravine, and into a local business sign, jail and police reports indicated.

Sheriff's Sergeant Radek Horkel says the crash was reported around 1:50 a.m., at Country Club Drive and Harris Lane, just west of Washington Street.

"The driver of a silver Toyota Camry was traveling eastbound on Country Club Dr. approaching the intersection with Harris Lane," Horkel said.  "The vehicle struck a raised center median, rapidly turned right and drove up a curb and down into a ravine."

At that point, the driver-- identified as Mark Adam Lopez-- continued driving south, eventually slamming into the Sure Save Self Storage sign, according to Horkel.

Lopez didn't stop there, though, according to the sergeant.

Once the car finally came to a stop in front of the Desert Oasis Apartment Complex, Lopez allegedly ran away, into the complex.  Police found him there, and arrested him.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that alcohol was a factor during this collision," Horkel said.

Lopez was booked into the Indio jail on DUI and hit-and-run charges, jail records indicated. 


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