Truckee man, 50, held on $1 million bail for felony DUI, hit and run
August 15, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A Truckee man is being held on $1 million bail after he was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of felony charges of DUI and hit and run.
At about 1:20 a.m. Aug. 11, Truckee Police Department officers responded to a report of a single vehicle traffic collision on Highway 89 at Rainbow Drive.
According to a TPD statement, a witness called 911 to report a vehicle had run off the road and collided with a dirt embankment, sustaining major front-end damage.
"When the witness stopped to check on the driver and passenger, the driver told him not to call the police, and he fled into the woods with the passenger," police said. "… The witness said the passenger seemed injured and it was possible the subjects were in need of medical attention due to injuries sustained in the collision."
Officers arrived on scene shortly and were joined by Truckee California Highway Patrol and Truckee Fire units to assist in the search
TPD officers were reportedly able to obtain an address in the area for the driver — identified as Richard Matthew Grundy, 50, of Truckee — and responded to his residence.
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Grundy "admitted to driving the vehicle and running off the roadway … he originally claimed his vehicle was in the driveway of his residence but later changed his story," according to police. "The passenger also resided at the same address, and when contacted complained of internal pain and other injuries."
The passenger was taken by ambulance to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where he was admitted to the emergency room for his injuries.
After performing field sobriety tests, officers arrested Grundy Jr. on suspicion on felony charges of DUI causing great bodily injury, and hit and run causing injury.
According to TPD, Grundy has a prior conviction for felony DUI with injuries. Considering the circumstances, officers requested a bail enhancement, which was set at $1 million.
"This is an example of excellent police work in locating the suspect," TPD Sgt. Robert Womack said in a statement. "Unfortunately this is also an example of the dangers of drinking and driving. We work in a variety of ways trying to educating the public on the dangers of drinking in driving using education and enforcement as the primary tools … but (it) continues to be a leading cause of injury related collisions in our area."
It wasn't immediately known if Grundy has an attorney.