RANCHO MIRAGE – A 37-year-old Indo man was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and evading arrest on Saturday. At around 3:00 a.m. officers from the Rancho Mirage Police Department responded to the 32-200 block of Bob Hope Drive to investigate a recovered stolen vehicle. When they arrived, the vehicle occupied by a man and a woman left the location. The officers pursued the vehicle, that went onto 10 freeway east. The driver then exited on Jackson Street in the City of Indio.
The vehicle continues on through city streets finally stopping after hitting the center median on Highway 111, west of Monroe Street. The driver of the stolen black Honda Civic was later identified as Edward Ochoa, The passenger was a 20-year-old female from Desert Shores. Both were detained without incident, and no injuries were sustained as a result of the incident.
Ochoa was transported to a local hospital as a precaution and subsequently booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio for felony evading and vehicle theft. The female passenger was released, after authorities learned that she was not involved in the theft.
Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the Rancho Mirage Police Department at (760) 836-1600, or they can call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867).
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