A driver who allegedly ran a red light while drunk, triggering a four-vehicle injury crash at a Palm Springs intersection, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony DUI charges.

Monty Joe Peterson, 66, of Palm Springs, was hospitalized, along with another driver, following the Jan. 5 crash at the intersection of Vista Chino and Palm Canyon Drive, according to police and prosecutors. Three other people in another involved vehicle complained of pain, according to an arrest warrant declaration.

Peterson allegedly ran a red light while headed north on Palm Canyon and broadsided a car, causing “a chain of separate collisions with a total of four vehicles being involved,” the declaration states.

Peterson suffered fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, while the other hospitalized driver had a broken clavicle, according to court documents.

A blood draw conducted at the hospital showed Peterson had a blood-alcohol level of .14, well above the legal limit of .08, the declaration states.

Peterson, who is charged with two felony counts of DUI causing injury, remains free on $90,000 bail. He is due back in court Oct. 10 for a felony settlement conference.

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