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Press Release: DUI Traffic Collision with Injury  
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: July 30, 2019 Time: 10:00 PM
Incident Date: July 30, 2019 Time: 5:52 PM
Incident Location: City of Coachella
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Angel Ramos
File Number(s): Y192110034


On Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 5:52 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 two vehicle traffic collision.

During the investigation, it was determined that a 2017 Honda Accord entered Cesar Chavez Street unsafely, crossing into the path of a 2016 Chevy Cruze, and the vehicles collided. While deputies spoke with the drivers involved, it was determined that the driver of the Honda Accord, Richard Manuel Cantu, 20 years old of Coachella, appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Cantu sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. A passenger of the Chevy Cruze sustained moderate non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Cantu was arrested for driving under the influence drugs and causing bodily injury to another person. Cantu was transported to the Riverside County Jail in Indio and booked on the felony DUI charge.

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

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