Driver suffers broken leg & other injuries after Redding crash – Arrested for DUI

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a man suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs suffered a broken leg and other significant injuries after a solo-vehicle crash inside a residential neighborhood in Redding Sunday evening, August 21.

The driver, who was released to the custody of hospital staff due to his injuries, was arrested and potentially faces DUI and other charges related to the crash, according to officials.

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City of Redding police officers and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the 3000 block of Lakewood Drive, between Reflection Street and Irving Road, around 8 p.m. after receiving reports of a single vehicle traffic accident with rollover, Redding Police Corporal Joe Labbe has since said of the incident and subsequent investigation.

When officials arrived, they located a Lexus ES300 upside down in the roadway and found the driver, since identified as Roderick Grossen, 35, of Redding, nearby.

Officers who responded to reports of a solo-vehicle traffic accident found a vehicle that had overturned after plowing into a concrete mailbox. Redding PD photos

Paramedics determined Grossen had suffered a broken leg and other injuries and he was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

During their subsequent investigation, officers determined Grossen had been traveling southwest on Lakewood Drive when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and smashed into a large brick and concrete mailbox according to Labbe, who went on to say, “The impact caused his vehicle to roll over and sent debris into a nearby unoccupied vehicle and the roadway.”

Grossen was later evaluated for suspected DUI while he was continuing to receive treatment for his injuries at the hospital. He was subsequently found to have been driving under the influence and arrested. However, he was released to the care of the hospital due to his injuries, according to Labbe, who explained, “A report is being filed and will be sent to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office for review on the charges from this collision.”

Although released to the care of hospital staff due to a broken leg and other injuries, Roderick Grossen, 35, of Redding, faces DUI charges related to last night’s crash. Redding PD photo

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R052839 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

In 2022, Trevor added published author to his accomplishments, after he co-authored “A Veteran’s Story – Courage and Honor”. The book, which became a national bestseller in multiple categories, is available for purchase on Amazon.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.