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Press Release: DUI Related Traffic Collision
Agency: La Quinta Police
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: 11/24/18 Time: 7:30 AM
Incident Date: 11/24/18 Time: 5:12 AM
Incident Location: Jefferson Street and Avenue 52, La Quinta
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Angel Ramos
File Number(s): LA183280010


On Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 5:12 AM, La Quinta officers responded to Avenue 52 and Jefferson Street reference a single vehicle collision. Deputies arrived within minutes and contacted the driver, single occupant, Jose Garnica, 21 years old of Indio. The preliminary investigation revealed Garnica was driving a burgundy 2004 Acura southbound on Jefferson Street. Prior to entering the traffic circle at Avenue 52, Garnica struck the curb, causing him to lose control. The vehicle proceeded straight tumbling and landing upright between two palm trees, where the vehicle caught fire. Garnica managed to exit the vehicle with severe but non-life-threatening injuries. During the preliminary investigation, Garnica displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol/drugs and was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Due to Garnica’s sustained injuries, criminal charges for driving under the influence of a controlled substance will be filed out of custody.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Hinkle at the Thermal Station by calling (760) 863-8990.

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

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