Police: Suspected Drunk Woman Distracted by Phone Causes Three Car Collision

Police believe the root of an Indian Wells multi-vehicle crash was not only one, but two, road illegal activities.

Darlene Arsenault.  Booking photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Darlene Arsenault. Booking photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

A suspected drunken driver, distracted by her cellphone, caused a three-car crash on Highway 111 in Indian Wells, deputies said Saturday.

Darlene Arsenault, 57, of Bermuda Dunes, was allegedly heading east on Highway 111 Friday night. Her Hyundai Electra smacked into a stopped Nissan Ultima, which in turn hit a Dodge Charger, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Patrick Carroll said.

"The driver admitted to diverting her attention to her cellular phone which caused the vehicle to rear end a Nissan Ultima," he said.

The chain reaction was at the red left turn signal from eastbound Highway 111 to Manitou Drive at 7:58 p.m. Friday.

The driver of the Ultima was taken to a hospital for treatment of neck pain.

Arsenault was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving. She posted $2,500 bail and was released Saturday, jail records showed.

Sean Taroli February 02, 2014 at 09:26 AM
I've BEGGED police to start ticketing cell phone drivers. I ride my bike often. I see no less than 3 per day! (I've been counting). Who has to die before the police do their f*cking jobs?!
Gene Brown February 03, 2014 at 10:39 AM
They need to start dui checkpoints ON Washington between Fred Waring and Country Club. I see drunk driving often and I believe Casey's is still closed. WTF? The RCSD needs to get on the stick and start doing their tax sucking jobs!!!


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