Alleged DUI Suspect Leads Police on Chase in Coachella

Alleged DUI Suspect Leads Police on Chase in Coachella

News Staff

A suspected drunken driver who led deputies on a brief pursuit to his mother’s home, where he was arrested, was free Monday on $100,000 bail.

About 4:40 a.m. Sunday, patrolling deputies heard screeching tires in the 84700 block of Avenue 51, said Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Angel Ramos. Soon afterward, a man driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee on the wrong side of the road nearly hit their patrol vehicle, he said.

The deputies tried to pull the man over but he sped off, going about 50 mph on residential streets while swerving, according to Ramos.

The motorist, later identified as Jaime Sampayan Moreno, stopped less than a mile away in the 1300 block of Second Street, where he jumped out of the Jeep and ran a block north to his mother’s home, Ramos said.

Deputies surrounded the home and ordered the man to come out, which he did a few minutes later, the sergeant said.

Moreno, 32, of Coachella was treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries he suffered during his attempt to flee from deputies, then was booked into the Indio Jail on suspicion of drunken driving, violating probation and evading police, Ramos said.

Moreno was released the same day after posting bail.