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Press Release: DUI Traffic Collision  
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: June 16, 2019 Time: 1:30 AM
Incident Date: June 15, 2019 Time: 10:44 PM
Incident Location: City of Coachella
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Angel Ramos
File Number(s): Y191660047


On Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 10:44 P.M., Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Thermal Station, serving the city of Coachella, responded to the 53500 block of Cesar Chavez Street regarding a multiple vehicle non-injury traffic collision.

During the investigation it was determined a Ford Expedition entered Cesar Chavez Street unsafely, crossing into the path of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the vehicles collided. A third vehicle was also involved in the traffic collision. As deputies spoke with the drivers involved, it was determined alcohol was a factor.  The driver of the Ford Expedition was identified as Rene Cardona Carrisales, 35 years old of Coachella, and he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.  The driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was identified as Ignacio Pascual Benito, 45 years old of Thermal, and he too was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Both suspects were transported to the Riverside County Jail in Indio and booked on DUI charges. The 53500 block of Cesar Chavez Street was closed during the investigation and reopened at 12:30 AM.

Rene Cardona Carrisales Ignacio Pascual Benito

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Preciado at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Thermal Station by calling (760) 863-8990 or Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch (760) 836-8348.  

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


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