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Press Release: DUI Traffic Collision and Arrest
Agency: Palm Desert Police
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: November 19, 2017 Time: 5:49 AM
Incident Date: November 18, 2017 Time: 11:53 PM
Incident Location: 77000 block of California Ave, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Clayton Hughes
File Number(s): T173220118


Ross Burwen

Officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to the area of the 7700 block of California Ave, Palm Desert, reference a call of a possible traffic collision.  Officers arrived and found a blue Saturn and collided with a fire hydrant, sheering off the hydrant and causing mass water flooding.  The force and amount of water caused a sink hole to occur, enveloping the vehicle.  The driver was able to get out of the car before the car started to sink.  The driver, Ross Burwen, 37, of Palm Desert, was evaluated by Riverside County Fire, and taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Burwen was assessed for driving under the influence.  It was determined he was driving while intoxicated, and arrested.  Burwen was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Banning.

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) responded and took responsibility for the repair and clean-up of the sink hole.  CVWD has closed California Ave from Ave of the States to Warner Trail, until the repair was completed.  The repair is expected to take around 4-5 hours.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Zachary Taylor at the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station by calling (760) 826-160

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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