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Police Arrest Motorcyclist in Fatal Ridgecrest DUI Crash

RIDGECREST, CA (May 25, 2021)Richard McQuade was arrested Friday night for DUI after a motorcycle accident on Wilson Avenue.

The collision occurred on May 14 around 6:00 p.m., at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Helena Street.

According to CHP, McQuade was driving a motorcycle with a passenger when they crashed.

As a result, the passenger was ejected from the vehicle and was seriously injured. Paramedics transported the patient to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for further treatment.

Meanwhile, police determined that McQuade was impaired by drugs at the time of the accident.

Officers discovered methamphetamine, controlled substance paraphernalia and a loaded illegal “Ghost Gun” in his possession.

CHP later arrested Richard McQuade on seven charges, including DUI causing great bodily harm and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous things you can do as a driver. If you find yourself unable to safely drive, you can always contact a Lyft or Uber instead. Make the wise choice for the safety of yourself and others around.


If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash, reach out to the personal injury lawyers at Sweet James as soon as possible. Their hardworking team will provide you with the support you need to get compensation that will cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Request a free and no-obligation case evaluation today at (800) 975-3435. Need help after hours? They are also available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week through email, text, and online chat. To request a police report, click here.

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