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Press Release: Driving Under the Influence, Hit and Run Traffic Collision
Agency: Palm Desert Police
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: March 22, 2019 Time: 1:45 AM
Incident Date: March 21, 2019 Time: 8:48 PM
Incident Location: Frank Sinatra Drive and Tamarisk Row Drive, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Donald Olson
File Number(s): T190800106


Coleen Richey

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 8:48 p.m., Officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to the intersection of Frank Sinatra Drive and Tamarisk Row Drive regarding a hit and run traffic collision.  Officers determined a vehicle was driving eastbound on Frank Sinatra Drive and crossed into the westbound lanes of Tamarisk Row Drive, colliding with another vehicle.  The driver then left the scene.  Officers were able to follow the trail from the damaged vehicle to the 77500 block of Mountain View, Palm Desert, where they contacted Coleen Richey, 63 years, of Palm Desert.  Richey showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and was later transported a local hospital as a precaution.  The victim of the collision was also transported to a local area hospital and did not suffer any major injuries.  Richey was later booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for Driving Under the Influence and Hit and Run.  

The Palm Desert Police Department encourages all drivers not to drink and drive. To report drunk drivers, please call 911. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Officer Robertson at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Palm Desert Station at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP reference incident # T190800106.

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

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