Injuries reported in alleged hit-and-run DUI crash

BROOKINGS – An injury hit-and-run accident on Friday in Brookings has led to the arrest of a Brookings man, according to Brookings Police.

Cory McGruder, 42, was taken into custody on suspicion of reckless driving, hit-and-run accident resulting in injury as a felony, DUI-third offense and driving with a revoked license, according to Detective Adam Smith with the Brookings Police Department.

Smith said officers responded to 22nd Avenue and Orchard Drive at 6:12 p.m. to a report of a black 2016 Ram 2500 leaving the Casey’s parking lot and colliding with a 2022 gray Honda CRV on Orchard Drive. He said the driver of the Honda was taken via ambulance to the Brookings Hospital with unknown injuries, and that a passenger in the Honda also went to the hospital via private vehicle with unknown injuries.

Smith said that, after colliding with the Honda, the Ram then struck a boulder in the Biomat USA parking lot, which pushed the boulder into a window of the Biomat USA building, causing damage. He said the Ram then left the scene and was observed by witnesses driving on Orchard Drive at a high rate of speed. 

Smith said that witnesses were able to help locate the vehicle at the driver’s residence in Brookings.

McGruder was being held in the Brookings County Detention Center on $10,000 cash-only bond as of Monday afternoon.


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