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Grant County Deputy's daughter killed in DUI crash

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Neil McLeod (PHOTO: DOC from 2008) Neil McLeod (PHOTO: DOC from 2008)
EPHRATA, Wash. -

The 8-year-old daughter of a Grant County Deputy was killed in a DUI crash in Ephrata Wednesday night. 

Five other people were injured in the crash, including the deputy. 

The Grant County Sheriff's Office said Ephrata Police were called for a possible car prowling in progress Wednesday night, but before police arrived, the suspect vehicle, a 1998 Dodge Durango with three people inside, fled the scene at a high rate of speed. The Durango blew through a stop sign and hit a Chevy Pickup. The Durango rolled on its side and into a power pole, while the Chevy Pickup crashed into a garage. The three occupants of the pickup were trapped inside and had to be extricated by firefighters. 

One of the passengers of the pickup, 8-year-old Audrey Grubb, suffered multiple injuries and later died at the Columbia Basin Hospital. The drive of the pickup, 33-year-old Grant County Deputy Justin Grubb was taken to a hospital in Moses Lake and is in stable condition. Grubb's other passenger, 35-year-old Elizabeth Mills of East Wenatchee was critically injured and was flown to a Spokane hospital. 

The drive of the Durango, 36-year-old Ephrata resident Neil McLeod was arrested at the scene and faces charges of DUI-drugs, Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault. McLeod's two passengers, Jaucina Skotland, and Sarah Gibson, received non-life threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals. 

McLeod has an extensive criminal history that includes 8 felony convictions for things such as burglary, theft, and reckless burning. He also has 12 gross misdemeanor convictions for assault, DUI, malicious mischief and harassment. 

Sheriff Tom Jones offered his sympathies, adding, “This collision has an especially sad connection to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Justin Grubb is a Grant County Sheriff’s Corrections Deputy, who was off-duty at the time of the incident. His eight-year-old daughter Audrey died due to her injuries and Justin’s girlfriend Elizabeth was critically injured. Because the sheriff’s office family was impacted by this tragedy, sheriff’s office corrections staff were gathered and notified by the GCSO administration. Sheriff’s Chaplain Dennis Fountain was on-hand providing compassionate care and assisting family and co-workers. Please join me by taking a moment and saying a prayer for everyone impacted by this heartbreaking turn of events.”

 A fund has been set up to donate at Washington Trust Bank at Ephrata. But people can go to any branch to donate.

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