An alleged drunk driver who crashed into a police car that was stopped to investigate a prior crash — injuring a Cathedral City officer, a nurse and a prisoner seated in the back of the patrol unit — was charged Thursday with two felony counts of drunken driving causing injury.
Cruz Octavio Rodriguez, 25, was arrested following the 11:52 p.m. March 6 crash in the 33000 block of Cathedral Canyon Drive.
Officers were in the area investigating a crash that had previously occurred there when Rodriguez allegedly slammed into a car involved in the original crash, as well as a Cathedral City Police Department car, according to Cmdr. Julio Luna.
A nurse helping officers at the scene suffered moderate injuries, while a Cathedral City officer suffered minor injuries, Luna said. A prisoner seated in the back of the police car also complained of pain.
Rodriguez was taken into custody at the scene by California Highway Patrol officers, the commander said.
He was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio in lieu of $50,000 bail. Court records show that at the time of the crash, Rodriguez was on probation for a previous DUI that occurred in Palm Springs last November. In that case, he pleaded guilty last December to two misdemeanor DUI counts.
Rodriguez is slated to make his initial court appearance next week.