PALM DESERT – In two different instances, intoxicated drivers crashed their vehicles on Saturday resulting in a hospital visit and charges.
On Saturday at 1:42 AM a vehicle was involved in a collision at Hovley Lane East, east of Oasis Club Dr. in Palm Desert. Officers from the Palm Desert Police Department arrived at the scene to investigate. The officers determined that Brandon Luna, 29 of Indio, had been travelling eastbound Hovley Lane East. When he approached the intersection of Oasis Club Drive, he lost control of his vehicle.
Luna’s car struck a large boulder and careened into the shrubbery of the center median. Ultimately, the vehicle came to a halt when it collided with a block wall at the Palm Desert Resort Country Club. Luna was determined to be suffering non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to local hospital to be treated. Authorities believe that intoxication may have been a factor in the accident. According to Sergeant Mark Hoyt in a press release, Luna was released at the hospital and charges will be filed out of custody.
Earlier that same night around 12:11 AM another single-vehicle collision occurred on El Camino north of Abronia Trail, Palm Desert. Officers from the Desert Police Department determined that the driver, Susan Schultz, 54 of Palm Desert, had been travelling eastbound on El Camino approaching the intersection of Abronia Trail. Schultz lost control of her car, driving up and over the sidewalk. The vehicle halted, when it smashed into the bushes of the Deep Canyon Inn. Schultz was also transported to the local hospital to be treated for minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. Again, authorities determined that the accident may have been a result of intoxication. Schultz was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio for driving under the influence.