An SUV overturned in Joshua Tree, causing a 33-year-old man to be arrested on drug charges. He was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer east at around 60-65mph. His left rear tire started to deflate and he decided to turn right, an unsafe decision likely caused by his “suspected level of drug intoxication,” according to the California Highway Patrol. The sudden turning caused his vehicle to spin off the road to the south shoulder and crashed, where it overturned into a dirt berm. According to news reports, the driver was not injured, but he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail immediately afterward.
“If you drink alcohol and/or consume drugs, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle,” an officer said. “CHP officers aggressively seek out and arrest impaired drivers to keep the community safe.” The suspect was on parole for a conviction for the possession of a controlled substance made in October 2010 at the time of the crash. As a San Bernardino car accident lawyer, I am glad he wasn’t hurt, but driving negligently is extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one were injured by a reckless driver, consult with a personal injury lawyer San Bernardino regarding your case.