Pala man DUI crashes into motorcyclists on SR76; motorcycle driver loses leg, female passenger in life-threatening condition

A 36-year-old man from Pala was driving under the influence of a controlled substance law enforcement officials said when he crashed into a motorcyclist and passenger, causing the pair to sustain life-threatening injuries.

On Saturday, March 3, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Michael Inglett of Pala was driving a 2005 Dodge Ram eastbound on State Route 76 east of Couser Canyon Rd. at a stated speed of 65 to 85 mph, said California Highway Patrol spokesperson James Bettencourt.

“For an unknown reason, Mr. Inglett was looking in his rear view mirror and drifted into the westbound lane,” said Bettencourt. “Upon entering the westbound lane, he collided into a 2001 Kawasaki Motorcycle driven by a 51-year-old male from San Diego and his 47-year-old female passenger from La Mesa.”

Bettencourt said that as a result of the collision, both the male and female on the motorcycle suffered major injuries and were transported via ambulance to Palomar Hospital.

“The male driver of the motorcycle had his left leg amputated as a result of the crash and the females injuries are life threatening,” he said.

“Upon further investigation the officers on scene determined that Mr. Inglett was under the influence of a controlled substance,” said Bettencourt. “Mr. Inglett was arrested for Felony Driving Under The Influence and booked into Vista Detention Facility.”

Bettencourt said further charges may be pending in this case.

38 Responses to "Pala man DUI crashes into motorcyclists on SR76; motorcycle driver loses leg, female passenger in life-threatening condition"

  1. A 52 yr old Grandma   March 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Good god. I wish motorcycle riders would keep it to the dirt, or just off highways. I don’t know but there has to be something then these high chances of death or dismemberment šŸ™ We ALL have seen these horrific accidents, car against motorcycle and it does not bode well for the cycle rider EVER.
    Then add in alcohol or some other drug and its simple to anyone that he will cause someones death or injury that night especially in a big truck.
    Don’t let him plead down on this, make him go to trial, show him the grisley photos, make him see what he DID to innocent people having a nice quiet night riding. How many friends and family he has hurt through running over these two people.
    RAWR, this makes me so angry I could chew nails.

  2. Designated driver   March 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    The next time you think or say:
    Come on people……….be RESPONSIBLE!!! STAY THE F HOME

  3. Lorrie   March 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    And some people want to legalize drugs.

  4. Lawyer in Training   March 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I’m going to assume Mr. Inglett is an Indian.If not, my aplogies.
    I’ve got a great defense strategy for him when he goes to court; He should state that he had just passed the site where the (supposed) indian remains were being disturbed by the Palomar College road, took some drugs to deal with his mental anguish and was looking in his rear view mirror to monitor the site.
    If this strategy fails, he could also claim that he was stressed out about the in-fighting on the rez regarding the disenrollment issues and needed to take drugs to relax himself.
    Either way, he can afford a high priced lawyer and he’ll probably get a suspended sentence or probation.

  5. Veteran Citizen   March 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Sorry Lorie,

    There are already, very dangerous drugs that are legal in America. They are used by lobbyist to create huge profits off of the killing of its citizens. Those drugs are called "alcohol and tabacco".

    I am sure those are the ones that you were refering to, especially when most of these stories come back as the "driver was drunk".

    Oh, ps. don’t forget the new medications that the pharacutical companies (similar to the alcohol and tabacco drug lobbyist, want you to purchase, for what ever reason, that have side affects, a mile long. Sometimes that side affects are worse than the illness you have, but they are legal because of the profits the Lobbyist can make off its dead citizens.

  6. tha truth   March 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    why drink n drive when you can smoke n fly.. see what alcohol does cause destruction yet marijuana is illegal nd i ihavent herd of sumone crashin stoned… LEGALIZE MARIJUANA

  7. Fallbrook Res   March 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I like the Lawyer in Training comment!!!! I am sure with all of his casino money he could afford the best. I think it is ridiculous that Indians get special treatment and are allowed have casinos. Don’t get me wrong I feel bad what happened to their ancestors but that was along time ago. If we are going to reward them for what happen to their ancestors then we would have to give casinos to African Americans since their ancestors were slaves. All of the Pala Indians I went to school with live their lives like they won the lottery.

  8. Fallbrook Res   March 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Wow…there is so much hatred and racial discrimination in this ‘friendly’ village, ignorance I guess. I really hope that this couple will be able to recovery from their injuries, my thoughts and prayers are with their families, as for the drunk driver, what a selfish act…I hope you recieve the full penalty of the law for your actions. @ comment #1, Just to throw it out there…my husband was almost ran off Fallbrook street by an elderly woman on Monday while he was on his motorcycle. She actually drove next to his right side and passed him and then pulled in front him. At the light he told her she almost hit him and her answer was ‘I saw you but I thought you were going to turn left. Maybe it’s not the motorcyles on the road, maybe the little old ladies like this one who simply placed no value on my husband’s life, just saying.

  9. Joe Naiman   March 5, 2012 at 9:31 am

    The female passenger, who I’ve known since we were teenagers, also lost her leg and has
    other injuries. This is from one of the Crawford alumni posts:

    I’m asking for all of you who believe in the power of prayer or other healing energies, to direct them toward a friend of mine since childhood, Beth Mclachlan Alderete, who was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident yesterday, Saturday. She and her friend who was driving suffered serious injury after being struck by a driver under the influence of narcotics. Each rider has lost a leg. Addition…ally, Beth is known to have incurred massive internal injuries and a crushed pelvis. Fortunately, her kidneys are functioning properly, her heart is strong, and there is no sign of head injury. Doctors are saying that the first 24-48 hours are the most critical so it is encouraging to know that Beth survived the night and was reported to be in stable condition earlier today. She remains in the ICU of the Trauma Center at Palomar Hospital.. I know that everyone will appreciate you healing concerns.

  10. The truth   March 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Lawyer in Trainin The fact that he is Indian has nothing to do with it. I think its funny how stupid people see that someone is Indian they assume things. You no nothing about this person or the issues that are goin on on the reservation and it could of been anybody. drinking and Driving is Very stuipid but people of all races do it. I am sure you hav too..

  11. PalaRez   March 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but Mr. Inglett was unfortunately one of the Tribal members recently disenrolled due to not having enough Pala blood. He is a human being who made the mistake of taking drugs, driving recklessly and being just plain stupid at the expense of this couple. So, no he will not be able to afford a high priced lawyer, and will be treated accordingly by the court system. Money does not buy everything.

  12. local   March 6, 2012 at 4:43 am

    re: Fallbrook Res

    First you post a jealous comment about Native Americans getting "special" treatment then you follow up with a comment about hatred, discrimination and ignorance. Way to prove your own ignorance.

    They have a right to forge their own destiny; it’s not your place to judge them.

  13. Joe Naiman   March 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Here’s the latest update on Beth from my Crawford alumni channels:

    All, sorry for the late post…i received this information (rather good) regarding Beth last night from Janet Citriniti…She is out of surgery for her stomach for now but the bleeding has stopped. Too much swelling so they can’t close her up just yet. Could be a few more days before that can happen. Dr was very positive and optimistic. His expectation is that she is gonna pull this with a long recovery of course. They have more work to do on her leg to debride some more. Her breathing is much improved too. They will put the trach in probably tomorrow which will help with the next procedures. It’s a very positive mood around here right now.

  14. Falbrook res #8   March 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    @ local, just thought you should know when I posted under the name ‘Fallbrook Res’ the comment prior with the same name ‘Fallbrook Res’ was not showing yet. We are actually two different people. Just thoughtt you should know so no more ugly comments come up about me when I stand by my statement…in fact I do not agree with #7 at all.

  15. Frosty   March 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Not trying to be mean or derogatory here, but in a county that has almost 4 million population surrounded by counties that have 9 million and 13 million people respectivley, the days of being a weekend warrior or "going for a nice drive in the country" are long gone as far as safety goes. Even without all the dopers, druggies, drunks and idiots on the road, with SoCal’s huge population now the odds are against you having a safe ride or safe drive.
    Heck the populations of Escondido, Vista, and San Marcos together is larger than Detroit.

  16. jennifer   March 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the update Joe, your comments are the only ones that matter in this post. I drove by the accident after it happened and have been wondering how they are doing. They have my prayers.

  17. Joe Naiman   March 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Here’s Tuesday afternoon’s post on Beth:

    Class, Just spoke with Ing again…Christine Bond (Beth’s Daughter) said that Beth is slowly getting some color back…this is a wonderful thing. They are taking her breathing tube out now and putting the Trach in as we speak…(This procedure should only take about 15 minutes). Basically this is a good news story. I know that all the prayers that Beth and her family have received are working. I want to thank each of you for all that you are doing. Please continue the prayers, and soon we will have our classmate back by our side. God Bless each and everyone of you!!! Michele

  18. Joe Naiman   March 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Ingrid, who has been Beth’s best friend since they were five, wrote this late this morning.
    Although Beth and Ingrid missed last night’s reunion committee meeting for obvious
    reasons, Renee told me that Beth’s amputation was above the knee.

    BETH is in surgery as I write this. The Doc’s are going back into her tummy area too check on the swollen organs and her packing in her lower extremities. They are going to see if they can mend her up a bit today in that area. Her night was uneventful. That is good. Plus her fever has gone down again now at 99*. She is also looking better physically ie: less swollen and black n blue.
    Thanks for all the Love and prayers.

  19. MyView   March 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I don’t know any of the people involved in the accident, but I appreciate the updates regarding Beth. I hope that she continues to get stronger & improve. It sounds as if she has many caring friends & family. Does anyone know how her friend who was also severely injured is doing? Will pray for continued healing for both of them.

  20. concerned   March 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Glad the passenger is doing better. So how is the motorcycle driver?

  21. Joe Naiman   March 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Michele posted this about Nick on Wednesday night:

    Those of you were asking about the driver of the motorcycle that was involved with Beth. He is still in critical condition, he too lost his leg but he is doing better than Beth.

  22. Joe Naiman   March 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Here’s Ingrid’s report of Thursday night:

    Hi all, Glad to report to you that today while at the hospital I learned that (well a lot of things) Beth has been taken off the propothal (the Micheal Jackson Overdose drug) So that she can start the process of waking up. She had yet another operation today/this morning. It was too take a look at her leg and see how it is doing. You’ll be happy as am I that she has no infections and her fever has… come down to ABBY Normal…. LOL No really its much more manageable now at 99*. They Opened up her affected leg and decided to leave it open and as they put it to me they inserted a sponge at the end of her leg, too help her heal quicker. This sponge has a tube hooked up to it that draws the yukkies aka:bad stuff out of it and promotes healing, cleanliness, & less pain for the Beth . In the old days the nurses had to dress and undress the wound frequently to check for infections and so on and so forth. But WA la now they have this great machine some genius invented that is called a wound vac. Its a forms a vacuum seal around the wound and drains the nasty stuff out. Its simply amazing! So she has that going on in her leg and one wound vac in her abdomen area still. Found out she also has 3 broken ribs. I had a question (well many, I like to ask a lot of question, because I need a lot of answers) So how long before she wakes up? Answer: Each individual is different. AHHHH Not what I wanted to hear. So she could wake up now any minute or in 2 days! Lord have mercy on me and give me patience. I kinda would like her to sleep more because I know she will be in a world of pain when she does awake. But as they explained it to me Pain is good. HUH??? Are they kidding? No, they were serious. Go Figure! The placement of the trach has now opened up her face for us too see. Before that she was sporting a beautiful neck brace with all those darn tubes going in, out and everywhere. Now at least she doesn’t look like a turtle. Oh she’s gonna kill me for that one! Aren’t you Myrtle? Oh well that’s how it looked… from my point of view. Today, I stumbled on some more information you may find of interest. After she was life flighted over to Palomar Hospital and in the Emergency Room; Beth was conscious. Even after sustaining those life threatening injuries. Oh, and did I mention she had already died once before she made it there? Well, apparently one of the nurses or Doctors told us she was not only conscious but she was asking the respiratory therapist what her O2 stat was… Among other technical Medical question regarding her immediate condition… That’s my Bet’s! Doctors asked “um is Beth a Nurse or in the Medical Field?” she was asking some very detailed questions that normal people don’t ask. Especially when they’ve just been through all the junk she’d been through. Next, the Doctor came in and told her the condition of her leg and that it could not be saved. : ( . You’ve all heard Beth’s voice projection talent Right? Well she didn’t go down without a fight. She was pretty pissed and was yelling at the Doctors.
    I can only imagine.

  23. Joe Naiman   March 10, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Here’s Ingrid’s Friday evening report on Beth. Renee and I don’t want to water down our efforts on the reunion but are working with the motorcyclist community to have them take the lead on a benefit event for Beth and Nick; I have a meeting Saturday evening with some Harley-riding bar owners in Lakeside.

    Hotel Motel Its’ no Holiday Inn, Presently at Palomar Hospital. Been with Beth Mclachlan Alderete since 9:30 this morning. This morning when I arrived the Doc’s and nurses were gathered around Beths room and talking about her condition. What did I find OUT>??? Let me tell you… 1. She’s still in critical condition. 2. Today the goal has been Wake her up! 3. AM she had spiked a fever about 102.3
    4. PM just a 1/2 an hour ago she has successfully lowered her temp. too 101.
    5. We’ve got Movement! Just the past 3-4 hours the nurse and I started noticing small signs of waking up.

  24. new reader   March 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I am happy to hear the progress of your friend Beth, but does anyone know how the driver is doing? I see nothing regarding his status. Any word of his prognosis? Praying for both of them

  25. Joe Naiman   March 11, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Here’s part of Ingrid’s Saturday post. I met with some members of the motorcycle community Saturday night and will be working with them over the weekend to initiate the process for a benefit event for Nick and Beth.

    This morning I brought up Beth’s Mom with my daughter and I too the hospital. Beth had another surgery this morning to clean out the affected leg. Which I did find out was infected/is infected. Good news, Ortho Doctor said when he got in there it was not as bad as he thought. And possibly two more trips too surgery for the leg. We hope that’s all. Not a lot of movement today. Still in Critical Condition, Dr. said we need to see her eyes. Also that he’s not going to get frantic just yet because she’s not awake. But she does need to show up her eyes soon and wake up. Then the dreaded words came out which broke me. Because we do have to know that she lost a lot of Blood at the site of the accident and even though her MRI did not show signs of Brain Injury that does not mean we know the state of her brain/mind. Between the loss of so much blood and an possibly an Oxygen deprived brain . For an undetermined amount of time while they were resuscitating her the last time. He added they did have to work on her quite a bit to get her back that time. So my intellect has known this all along. I mean the part that other unseen damages could come to play here. But I refused to consider it. Then his mouth opened and started talking, I listened and my heart dropped so to speak. He leaves the room, I remember saying ok, I understand, he says she may just need more time. Everybody different in terms of healing. I saying its fine I understand, I’m calm in the room with her mom, my daughter, then all is quite and I say I think I need to cry. Mom/Beth’s mom says go ahead.

  26. conerned   March 11, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Thank you for the updates Joe! Keeping them in our prayers.

  27. Joe Naiman   March 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This is Renee’s post from Sunday afternoon:

    Beth Mclachlan Alderete is still asleep, she had a CAT scan and she does have swelling, they performed a procedure that should help with this…it is amazing what they can do…..Thanks to Traci Peterson for your love and assistance today with Beth……I gave her a good old fashioned foot massage.Please Prayers and positive thoughts to her, her beautiful daughter and her mom. Who by the way Beth has the sweetest mom on the face of the earth!

  28. Joe Naiman   March 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Ingrid provided this to me Sunday night:

    Nick suffered a collapsed lung this week. But he was quickly treated/fixed up immediately and the next day was able to speak to his wife. So all is progressing as good as to be expected.

  29. Jean Martinez   March 15, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Nick Randell the driver has been upgraded from the critical care unit to the immediate care unit. He told his boss he’d be back to work on April 1, boss said to not worry, it’s a Sunday anyway That kind of attitude will get this guy all that he has to endure in his future. Prayers to all concerned. The members of his Moose Lodge, 2108, are getting his house wheelchair ready when he does come home.

  30. Joe Naiman   March 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Jean – thanks for the update on Nick and for the Moose Lodge details. Beth’s
    Crawford High School friends look forward to working with the Moose Lodge
    and with the motorcyclist community on benefit events for Nick and Beth.

  31. Joe Naiman   March 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Nick’s Moose Lodge is having a couple of blood drives as Mary notes below:

    Hey Colts, I know it’s last minute and I know you all want to help Beth in any way you can so here’s an excellent opportunity. The Moose Lodge will be sponsoring 2 blood drives. It takes about 30min to do and you can set up a time you want to show up so you won’t have to wait around. Please mention Beth’s name. The days and times are:
    Tomorrow, Sat March 17th
    The Soup Plantation
    8105 Mira Mesa B…lvd. at Regan Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92126
    from 9am-2pm
    If you donate tomorrow the Moose Lodge will give you a voucher for a free meal with proof of donation.
    Mon. March 26th
    Pat and Oscars
    10673 Westview Parkway
    San Diego, CA 92126
    We will be scheduling appt. times every 5-10min. So please let me know what time will work for you.
    Thank you and God bless you all!
    Mary Hanks Rowin

  32. Joe Naiman   March 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Here’s Ingrid’s addendum on the blood drives:

    All the slots are filled for March 17th. But if you still available for Monday March 26th please call Brenda (fellow Moose Woman at our Beth & Ing’s Home Lodge) to make an appt. It will be much appreciated. Brenda’s number 858 455 3001. Thank you, Ingrid Scholte

  33. Joe Naiman   March 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    This was Ingrid’s Sunday night post. It gets worse:

    Went to see Beth tonight, I found it extremely hard to spend time with her tonight because she was taken off the breathing machine for a trial basis test of 2 hours. When I went into the room she was laying on her left side and breathing on her own. Although, it was a bit labored breathing she was doing it. For me I just feel to close to her. It was painful to watch her struggle breathing like …that and then it was hurting me physically too. I had too Exit – stage – left, rather quickly. I spoke with the nurse and she said that “Beth is in a Vegetative state and she may stay that way.” “We don’t know for sure “she said. I really am not looking forward to this meeting tomorrow regarding the official report on Beth from her doctors. Beth’s skin felt different tonight to me. A little cold I guess and dryer, Not as soft and warm as it has been. To me she also looks more yellow. But then I guess I’m oversensitive and am probably just trippin’. Beth, I love you, may God send his angels to watch over you tonight and always. Till we talk again, Good Night.

  34. Joe Naiman   March 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Renee’s Monday evening post isn’t what anyone wanted to hear, but it has to be said:

    With a heavy heart Ingrid and Beth’s family have said it is time to come and say your good byes . She will be donating her organs tomorrow. This will potentially save many lives, please come this evening as the morning with be reserved for her family. Her final act of giving, like she has done her entire life, is going to be saving the lives of others.

  35. Joe Naiman   March 21, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Renee provided this the night of March 20.

    Beth passed gently into eternity this evening at approximately 6 pm. She was surrounded by family and friends. We hope our love and support delivered her gently to her destination. A Celebration of Beth will take place this Sunday, March 25th at 2 pm at University Christian Church
    3900 Cleveland Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92103-3486

  36. concerned   March 21, 2012 at 5:04 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of her loved ones left behind. So sorry for your loss Joe.

  37. A friend of Nick's   March 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Beth’s passing. I had been following her process and keeping her in my prayers. Her family and friends will continue to be in my prayers at this difficult time.

  38. christine bond daughter of dead passenger   July 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

    this is for the person who calls themselves lawyer in training. The man driving the truck was on meth. Sure he could have been having a bad day, week, year. But he made the choice to drive while under the influence of meth! And then continued to speed down the highway, crossing over the center divide and hit the motorcycle head on. From how fast he was driving, my mother was thrown of the bike 500 feet or so into a ditch. He continued to drive off until stopping a ways down to try and discard the drugs he had on him. His defense is that he was on a high level of drugs and hit someone and from HIS actions, killed an innocent person. Do not defend him or his actions. Your comment is both insensitive and cruel. You will not make a good lawyer with reasoning such as that. Please do not comment on things you do not know properly. thank you.


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