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Press Release: Vehicle Pursuit, Hit & Run, DUI, Felony Warrant
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: 08/06/2019 Time: 2:00 pm
Incident Date: 08/06/2019 Time: 11:12 pm
Incident Location: Fred Waring Drive x Town Center Way, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Joe Ruiz
File Number(s): T192180044 


Jose Matus

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 11:07 A.M., Deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station responded to Fred Waring Drive and Town Center Way reference a suspect with a felony warrant.  Deputies located the suspect’s vehicle, a grey Toyota Versa driving erratically.  Deputies attempted to stop the suspect, Jose Matus, age 26 of Coachella, and he failed to yield.   Based on the suspect’s driving actions and the arrest warrant a vehicle pursuit was initiated.

Matus collided into an occupied vehicle near Hwy 74 and Shadow Mountain Drive causing minor damage to both vehicles.  Matus fled from the collision and continued to evade deputies.  The pursuit terminated in the driveway of a residence on Kavanaugh Court.

Jose Matus was arrested for a no bail felony arrest warrant, felony evading, DUI, and Hit and Run collision.  No one was injured during the incident.

Jose Matus was medically cleared and booked into the county jail for the above charges.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Patrick Mushinskie at the Palm Desert Station (760) 836-1600.

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



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