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Press Release: DUI Hit and Run Traffic Collision
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: June 8, 2019 Time: 3:30 pm
Incident Date: June 8, 2019 Time: 7:39 am
Incident Location: 73600 block of Santa Rosa Way, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Donald Olson
File Number(s): T191590025


Oscar Martinez

On June 8, 2019, at 7:39 am, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, responded to a report of a hit and run traffic collision in the 73600 block of Santa Rosa Way, Palm Desert.  Upon arrival deputies discovered the alleged victim’s vehicle matched the description of the suspect vehicle in an earlier hit and run collision.  Deputies contacted Oscar Martinez, 39 years, of Palm Desert, who showed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol.  Martinez was subsequently identified as the driver from the earlier collision and resisted deputies as he was being taken into custody.  Neither deputies or the suspect were injured as a result of the arrest.  A search warrant was obtained for a blood sample from Martinez and he was taken to a local area hospital as a precaution.  Martinez was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for Hit and Run, Driving Under the Influence, Resisting Arrest, and Driving on a Suspended License.  

The Riverside County Sheriff’s 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 Deputy Timothy Garfin from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, at (760) 836-1600, or they can call in anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867).


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