Hemet man, 20, suspected of drugged driving in Menifee

Austin Mikels, 20, was arrested on suspicion of DUI following an incident where he crashed into a cement truck in Menifee. Courtesy photo.

Deputies arrested a 20-year-old Hemet man who they believe was impaired by drugs when he crashed into a cement truck and went off into a ditch on the side of the road in Menifee on Thursday, Nov. 9, sheriff’s officials said.

Austin Gregory Mikels was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and booked into Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley. He was released on a citation, online jail records show.

Mikels was driving east in the area of Highway 74 and Sherman Road in the city when he crashed into the cement truck that was also traveling east, causing Mikels’ vehicle to go into the ditch.

No one was injured in the crash, but Mikels was believed to be under the influence of drugs, according to the release. He received a medical clearance from the hospital before being booked.

Sheriff’s officials area asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Deputy Christopher Grimm at the Menifee Police Department at 951-210-1000.

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