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Press Release: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Perris
Written Date: November 29, 2019 Time: 11:00 pm
Incident Date: November 29, 2019 Time: 8:33 pm
Incident Location: Murrieta Road x Newport Road, City of Menifee
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Anthony Pelato
File Number(s): ME193330116


On November 29, 2019, at 8:33 pm, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of Murrieta Road x Newport Road, to investigate a two-vehicle traffic collision.  The RSD dispatch center received several calls from citizens who reported the collision, and the intersection was partially blocked by the wreckage. Upon arrival, the deputies discovered a white Chevrolet and a white Subaru collided in the intersection. There were no injuries reported.

During the investigation, deputies determined the driver of the white Chevrolet, Ernest Nicholas Gonzalez, of Perris, caused the collision by failing to stop at the red light. Gonzalez turned left on a solid red light in front of the other vehicle that was approaching head-on.

Gonzalez displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. He was booked at the Cois Bird Detention Center. Deputies will file charges related to the DUI.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages all drivers not to drink and drive. To report drunk drivers, please call 911. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision and has not been interviewed is encouraged to call Deputy Puente at the Perris Sheriff’s Station, (951) 210-1000.

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

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