Two people were injured during a suspected DUI crash east of Twentynine Palms. About 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Daniel Hernandez, 36, of Anaheim, was driving a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser and pulling a small trailer, westbound on Highway 62. As he approached Ironage Road, Hernandez said he fell asleep and allowed the SUV to drift off onto the north shoulder. Hernandez then woke up and over-corrected to the left, crossing all lanes of traffic. The FJ Cruiser continued into the desert and overturned several times, causing minor injuries to Hernandez and his passenger, Jahayra Vega, 33, of Perris. Daniel Hernandez was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and was arrested for investigation of felony DUI causing injuries. Hernandez and Vega were taken to the Hi-Desert Medical Center where they were treated for their injuries. Hernandez was then booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000. The CHP reminds residents to designate a sober driver.
Blood drives are considered an essential service, and blood donations are way down due to the public’s fear of coronavirus. Blood is desperately needed; two blood drives will be held Wednesday, October 21. One will be at the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2, and the other will be at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store in Yucca Valley, 58060 29 Palms Highway, from 10 to 3. Blood donations will also be screened for COVID-19 antibodies. The test does not detect if the donor currently has COVID-19. All blood donors must wear a face mask and will undergo a COVID-19 health screening on arrival. All donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 115 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors will receive a free cholesterol screening and incentives. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.
Three men were arrested this week, accused of driving under the influence.
About 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, deputies were called about a man, identified as Dennis Griffith, 36, of Yucca Valley, who was brandishing a shotgun, and then drove off in his car. Deputies located Griffith and his vehicle in the 7000 block of Sage Avenue in Yucca Valley a few minutes later and made a traffic stop. A field sobriety test determined that Griffith was under the influence of alcohol. Deputies determined that no crime was committed involving a firearm. Dennis Griffith was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, cited, and released.
On Tuesday, a Morongo Valley man was arrested, accused of driving while high on drugs. About 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy stopped a vehicle near Dumosa Avenue and Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley for not having both license plates on his vehicle. The deputy determined that the driver, Neville Chung, 65, was driving while under the influence of marijuana. Neville Chung was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was released at Hi-Desert Medical Center due to pre-existing medical conditions.
And on Saturday, September 26, a Yucca Valley man was arrested after deputies determined he was driving while high on drugs. Deputies made a traffic stop on a sport utility vehicle about 7:30 p.m. near Highway 62 and Airway Avenue in Yucca Valley. The driver, Allen Nerkins, 31, was driving on a suspended license and he was on Post Release Community Supervision. Deputies performed a sobriety test and determined Nerkins was driving under the influence of drugs. Deputies discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a search of his vehicle. Allen Nerkins was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance, and violation of his PRCS, was booked into the Morongo County Jail, and is being held without bail.
A 26-year-old dirt bike rider suffered a head injury when he crashed his bike Wednesday morning. The man, whose name was not released, was riding his 2003 Honda dirt bike when he crashed into a dirt berm near Yucca Trail and Hermosa Avenue in Yucca Valley about 10:40 a.m. A bystander stopped to help stop the bleeding, and the rider was alert and answering questions when paramedics arrived. The victim was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center.
Two Twentynine Palms parents were arrested Tuesday, accused of abusing their five-month old baby. Investigators say that Suzie Bradley, 39, and Noudam Khamphouy, 49, brought the child to Hi-Desert Medical Center for unknown reasons. Medical staff determined that the baby had tested positive for methamphetamine and had wounds to both of his heels, consistent with child neglect. The baby was taken to Loma Linda Medical Center for a higher level of care. Detectives then arrested the parents, Suzie Bradley and Noudam Khamphouy about noon Tuesday on suspicion of child abuse, and Khamphouy on a drug-related warrant, booked them into the West Valley Detention Center, with their bail set at $100,000 each.