Palm Desert police arrested Cody Riddle, 19, Wednesday afternoon after Riddle allegedly attempted to ride a motorcycle inside the Westfield Shoppingtown mall.
Security officers detained him before police arrived.
Police officers at the scene determined Riddle was under the influence of a controlled substance.
They arrested him on DUI-drug charges and violation of felony probation. He was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio.
Police had also received a call of a suspicious person minutes earlier.
A department spokesman says Riddle was riding a dirt bike recklessly along El Paseo.