Rancho Mirage man flees after injuring infant


A suspected drunk driver caused a chain reaction crash in Palm Desert that left a 2-month-old child and four adults hurt, the according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Dispatchers received a call at 9:18 p.m. Friday about the crash at Country Club Drive and Cook Street.

The driver of a silver 2005 Mercedes, later identified as Austin Matthew Hollowell, 25, of Rancho Mirage, had been traveling east on Country Club Drive when he rear-ended a car, one of four vehicles stopped at a red light, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Ken Black said.

The infant and adults were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Black said.

Hollowell was gone when deputies rolled up to the scene. Witnesses told them he ran away and deputies later found him at the parking lot of a nearby shopping center.

Hollowell was arrested and booked for suspicion for drunken driving and other violations. Online jail records showed he was released early Saturday after posting $50,000 bail.

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