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Fatal shooting suspect arrested in DUI crash with kidnapped women in car Chad Barrera pleads not guilty to murder, kidnapping, carjacking, DUI, firearm drug charges

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Purchase ImageChad Barrera, 31, of Cathedral City is arraigned at the Larson Justice Center in Indio on Tuesday. He is accused of homicide. / Wade Byars, The Desert Sun
Written by Kate McGintyThe Desert Sun

PALM SPRINGS ā€” The man accused of a fatal shooting early Friday was arrested minutes later after he drunkenly crashed his car with two kidnapping victims inside, Palm Springs police said Monday.

Chad Patrick Barrera pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder, kidnapping, carjacking, injury DUI with blood alcohol level over .10, being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.

He was arraigned this afternoon at the Larson Justice Center in Indio and is due back in court May 3 for a felony settlement conference.

Police say Barrera, 31, shot and killed a man early Friday in an apartment in the 300 block of West Mariscal Road.

Ryan Potts, 36, of Palm Springs was declared dead at the scene.

Eleven minutes after the shooting was reported, Barrera crashed his car on eastbound Interstate 10 near Date Palm Drive, authorities said Monday.

Two women, ages 21 and 24 years old, were inside the car, Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.

Barrera, Potts and the two women were all acquaintances, Kovaleff said.

The California Highway Patrol arrested Barrera about 2:10 a.m. on nine preliminary felony charges, including DUI, felon with a firearm and infliction of great bodily injury.

The CHP then alerted Palm Springs police that someone may have been killed, Kovaleff said, without elaborating.

Barrera was being held late Monday in the Indio Jail with no bond. Jail records do not list attorneys for inmates.

Barrera has two felony convictions ā€” a 2002 felony grand theft charge and a 2003 receiving stolen property charge for which he was sentenced to 16 months in prison ā€” in Riverside County courts.

He also was arrested Feb. 12 and cited with misdemeanor entering land to illegally dump debris, according to online court records. That case was filed April 12 and is still active.

The shooting victim, Potts, was a wanted parolee who failed to complete drug treatment, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported Monday.

The newspaper cited the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, which could not be reached Monday.
City News Service contributed to this report.

Kate McGinty can be reached at (760) 778-6451, kate.mcginty@thedesertsun.com, or @TDSKateM.

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