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DUI Crash into Arteaga’s Mexican Restaurant


June 2, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Friday, May 24 at about 01:56 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department - Morongo Basin Station, responded to the report of an unknown injury traffic accident, at Adobe Road and Buena Vista Drive in Twentynine Palms. Deputies located a white Kia Rouge, which crashed into Arteaga’s Mexican Food Restaurant.

The vehicle crashed into the north facing wall of the restaurant, causing significant structure damage to the building. Deputies contacted the driver, Ian Bearup (age 21 of Twentynine Palms), and Ariel Mechado, who was the passenger in the vehicle.

San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the incident location to evaluate the occupants of the vehicle. After being evaluated, it was determined neither Bearup or Mechado were injured during the collision.

Upon further investigation, Bearup was found to be under the influence of alcohol, which caused the collision. Bearup was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Bearup was later booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga following a pre-booking health examination at High Desert Medical Center.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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