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Press Release: DUI Traffic Collision
Agency: Palm Desert Police
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: 01/25/2018 Time: 8:15 PM
Incident Date: 01/25/2018 Time: 3:29 PM
Incident Location: Juniper Street and San Luis Rey, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Clayton Hughes
File Number(s): T180250106


Officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to a report of a single vehicle traffic collision on Juniper Street, just east of San Luis Rey, in the city of Palm Desert.  According to witness statements, a red Mercedes Benz coupe was driving on a flat tire when it turned into the entrance to a gated community. The driver appeared to have been making a U-turn to exit the area when she failed to negotiate the turn and collided with an irrigation pipe.  

Upon arrival, officers found the driver, identified as Morgan Levine, 68, of La Quinta, standing by the vehicle. Preliminary investigation determined Levine was driving under the influence of alcohol. Based on the circumstances of the traffic collision, witness statements, and her general condition, she was arrested.  Levine was transported to a local hospital for treatment due to the collision. She was later released from custody with a citation.

The investigation is still ongoing and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information about the traffic collision to contact Officer Christophe Lauer of the Palm Desert Police Department at 760-836-1600, or Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867).

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

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