Beaumont, CA – On October 22, 2019, at approximately 8:35 pm, a Beaumont Police Officer observed a black, Dodge Durango traveling northbound in southbound lanes at a high rate of speed on Highland Springs Avenue near 6th Street. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver evaded the officer in the area of Pennsylvania and 12th Street. Officers responded to the area and began to look for the vehicle. While doing so, Beaumont Police Dispatch began to receive several 911 calls regarding a traffic collision in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue and Oak Valley Parkway.
Officers arrived to find that the Dodge Durango had collided into a mobile home on Oak Valley Parkway. The driver had fled the scene and four other occupants, including two juveniles, in the vehicle had exited by the time officers and CalFire arrived on scene. Officers set up a perimeter and requested assistance from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit to assist in the search.
At approximately 10:15 pm, officers were alerted by a resident regarding a subject that was found hiding near a home in the mobile home park. Officers located the subject and took him into custody. The subject was subsequently transported to an area hospital for injuries that occurred during the traffic collision. The occupants of the vehicle were treated for minor injuries and released at the scene. There were no injuries reported from the homeowners impacted by the collision, however the home was deemed unsafe by building officials. The homeowners were provided with assistance by the Red Cross.
The driver identified as Joshua Rivas, age 25, of Banning, is pending charges for reckless driving, driving under the influence, causing injury while driving under the influence, evading a police officer, felony child abuse, and hit and run.
If anyone has additional information about this case, please contact the On-Duty Watch Commander at 951-769-8500. Information can also be provided anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org.