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Palm Desert man accused in DUI wreck

By Jeff Stahl, KESQ News Channel 3 Morning News Anchor, jstahl@kesq.com
Published On: Dec 28 2012 11:21:21 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 28 2012 11:22:11 AM CST

PALM DESERT, Calif. -

A Palm Desert man is accused of driving drunk and leaving the scene of a collision he caused.  Two others were treated for minor injuries.

Police arrested Nathan Taylor, 39, Thursday night after they say he caused a two vehicle traffic collision near Highway 111 and Monterey Avenue in Palm Desert at 9:24 p.m.

Witnesses told police one of the vehicles left the scene of the traffic collision.

Investigators said Taylor was at the wheel of a black Ford Focus westbound on Highway 111 when he ran a red light at Monterey Avenue and turned southbound onto Monterey.

Taylor's vehicle was then struck by a black Volkswagen, eastbound on Highway 111.

Witnesses followed Taylor.  Police arrested him near Hedgehog Street and Edgehill drive.

They say he also struck a mailbox before officers arrived.

Taylor was arrested for suspicion of DUI and hit and run, then booked into the Riverside County Jail located in the city of Indio.

This investigation is continuing and the Department is asking anyone that may have witnessed this collision to contact the Palm Desert Police Department's Traffic Division at 760-836-1600 reference case #T123620109.