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Chase that shuts down Coachella I-10 ends in arrest

COACHELLA, Calif. - A Coachella man suspected of leading deputies on a case from Coachella to Interstate 10 while driving impaired was behind bars today.

Ralph Rivas Jr., 41, was arrested shortly after 10:30 p.m. Thursday on I-10 in Palm Desert. Someone reported an impaired driver about 9:45 p.m. Jennifer Way and Valley Road in Coachella, and deputies tried to stop the vehicle. It sped north on Harrison Street, and deputies followed, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The chase went through La Quinta and Indio and onto I-10, where the driver surrendered and was arrested. No one was hurt and no collisions were reported. Eastbound traffic on I-10 was stopped for about 10 minutes while Rivas was arrested, according to the sheriff's department.

Rivas was booked at the county jail in Indio and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail records.

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