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GRU Professor Arrested on Friday for Hit & Run


A professor at Georgia Regents University has been arrested for a hit & run that injured a Beasley Broadcasting employee.

Edgar Rideout, a GRU communications professor, was charged Friday with hit & run and following too closely, according to the website for the Columbia County Detention Center.

The Jail Report has learned that Rideout  was in a BMW and reportedly rear-ended a car driven by resident Troy Bradley and then kept going. Bradley, who is a musical director, producer and DJ for Beasley Broadcasting and assistant for The Austin Rhodes Show on WGAC-AM, suffered minor injuries in the wreck.

Rideout, 49, was released Friday after posting $2,200 bond. A GRU website identifies Rideout as a limited-term faculty member who teaches two classes, including “Fundamentals of Human Communication.”

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. Knowing Ed as a friend, I am pretty sure that this rear ending was exaggerated. Rideout’s car is SMALL.. he couldn’t have seriously hit anything and driven away. I’m guessing he may not have even realized that he tapped the guy’s car and just drove around him like anyone else would if someone stopped in the middle of the road in front of them. Rideout isn’t some road maniac, he’s an intelligent and thoughtful man.

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