A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday evening in Morongo Valley after he rear-ended another vehicle while allegedly driving drunk. About 8:05 p.m., Woden Taggart-Chimitt, 33, was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon eastbound on Highway 62 in Morongo Valley when he failed to notice a 2015 Jeep Cherokee in front of him had stopped for a red light at Senilis Avenue. The California Highway Patrol says that due to Taggart-Chimitt’s level of intoxication and unsafe speed, the crashed into the rear of the Jeep, driven by Enrique DeLeon Haro, 41, of Chula Vista. Haro and his passenger, Rosemary Haro, 61, also of Chula Vista, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. Woden Taggart-Chimitt was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence causing injuries, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000.
We have limited information about a four-vehicle crash in Landers Sunday morning that sent three people to the hospital. First responders were called to the crash on Old Woman Springs Road at Reche Road about 11:30 Sunday morning. Two vehicles—a white truck and a maroon SUV—had rolled over and were on their sides on the shoulders of the highway. One man was flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center by Mercy Air. Morongo Basin Ambulance took a 56-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man with minor injuries to Hi-Desert Medical Center. All the other occupants of the vehicles were treated at the scene and released. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.
Three people were injured following a crash with an off-road vehicle and dirt bike in Johnson Valley Saturday. Morongo Basin Ambulance was called to Darrensette Road near Means Dry Lake for the crash about 3:38 p.m. The injured 26-year-old male dirt bike rider was airlifted from the scene and flown to Loma Linda Medical Center. A 26-year-old woman and 6-year-old boy in the sand rail were taken by MBA to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.
A 21-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday in a solo motorcycle crash near the Sunfair Dry Lake in Joshua Tree. Morongo Basin Ambulance was called at 2:06 p.m. to an area east of the dry lake behind Copper Mountain. MBA took the victim to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he was then flown to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle traffic collision Sunday morning in Twentynine Palms. About 11:45 a.m., paramedics were called to the intersection of Adobe Road and Condor Road. Morongo Basin Ambulance transported a 46-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.