Deer River Man Charged in Double Fatal Crash

Criminal Complaint: Driver Was Drunk, On Way To Casino

A Deer River man is facing half a dozen charges for hitting and killing two people in Itasca County.

Derrick Cloud, 29, is charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, violation of an order for protection, driving while impaired in the third degree, and driving after suspension.

Authorities said Cloud was drunk when he crashed into a vehicle on Highway 46 Tuesday.

A preliminary breath test found Cloud’s alcohol concentration was 0.153 which is nearly twice the legal limit.

The victims of the crash are Cory Jones, 27, of Cass Lake and Jaclyn Howard, 21, of Deer River.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

After a search of Cloud’s car, authorities found an open bottle of beer, a suspected marijuana cigarette, a magazine with ammunition and cocaine residue on a Leatherman-type tool, according to the criminal complaint.

Cloud told police he had been up all night and had fallen asleep at the time of the crash, according to the criminal complaint.

He told police he was on his way to the Deer River Casino to meet his girlfriend before the crash happened.

Cloud has a history of misdemeanor crimes and has violated his probation on multiple occasions.

Bail has been set at $200,000.

Cloud’s next court appearance is set for September 14 at 9 a.m. 

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