Earlier in the evening, the van had crashed into a car in Palm Springs, causing the other vehicle to flip over and injuring the driver. A witness followed the van and saw it hit into several other cars. A Palm Springs police officer on his way home also saw the van riding on its rim, running a red light and crashing into a red pickup truck.
Witnesses told investigators Nogueira-Ventura tried to get away at the final crash, but his van was inoperable.
Deputies believe Nogueira-Ventura was drunk during the crashes because of the smell of alcohol on his breath, his glassy eyes and the open bottle of alcohol he shook at first responders after the final crash.
Nogueira-Ventura has previously been arrested for burglary with battering, fleeing and eluding, grand theft, trespassing and battery. He was only convicted of the battery, according to court records.