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Press Release: DUI Traffic Collision / Hit & Run
Agency: Palm Desert Police
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: 03/09/2019 Time: 05:10 am
Incident Date: 03/09/2019 Time: 02:44 am
Incident Location: 72800 block of Hwy 111 and Plaza Way, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Joe Ruiz
File Number(s): T190680005


Michael Castillo

On March 9, 2019, at 2:44 am, officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to a vehicle hit and run traffic collision near the intersection of Hwy 111 and Plaza Way, in the city of Palm Desert.  Upon arrival, officers observed recent damage to a delivery truck stationed at the location.  Witnesses assisted officers with a vehicle description and a license plate to the vehicle that left the scene of the traffic collision.  Officers observed a vehicle matching the description minutes after the traffic collision and conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the area of Hwy 111 and Frank Sinatra in the city of Rancho Mirage.  Michael Castillo, 27 years, of Palm Springs, showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol.  After further investigation, Castillo was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident.  Castillo was transported to a local area hospital as a precaution.  Castillo was later booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for driving under the influence of alcohol, Hit & Run, and leaving the scene of an accident.

The Palm Desert Police Department encourages all drivers not to drink and drive. To report drunk drivers, please call 911. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact Officer Wilhite from the Palm Desert Police Department, at (760) 836-1600, or they can call in anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867).

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


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