Allegedly Reckless Driver Pleads Not Guilty To Attempted Murder
A 27-year-old man pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder for allegedly driving recklessly in Palm Springs.
Juaquin Mercer Moraga of Palm Springs was charged with five felony counts for attempted murder, two for vandalism, one for assault on a person causing great bodily harm and a misdemeanor count for driving on a suspended or revoked drivers license. He pleaded not guilty to all of them on Friday.
The Palm Springs Police Department responded to a report about a silver Lexus ramming into vehicles near East Baristo Road and South Sunrise Way in Palm Springs on June 6.
Police said Moraga was found with his vehicle when officers arrived on scene. He had allegedly intentionally rammed into vehicles, assaulted a driver and attempted to run over a bicyclist. Police added that the department’s dispatch center also got other reports about a silver Lexus driving recklessly and being involved in two other allegedly intentional hit-and-run collisions.
No injuries were reported in the hit-and-run collisions.