Attorney for Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson say his client wasn't drinking before crash

Published On: Oct 01 2012 04:44:43 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2012 05:52:02 PM EDT

The attorney for L. Brooks say neither his client nor Brooks’ driver had been drinking before car crash.


The attorney for Oakland County Executive L. Brooks say neither his client nor Brooks’ driver had been drinking at the time of a serious August crash in Auburn Hills.

At a press conference, attorney Steven Potter said the “innuendo” that the two had been drinking was made by the defense team of the man charged in the crash – Anthony Prainito.


Uncut video: Patterson attorney press conference 10/2/12

Police say the county executive's vehicle, a black Chrysler 300, was traveling eastbound on Walton Boulevard on Aug. 10 when another car, a blue Volkswagen Passat, which was turning left at the intersection collided with Patterson's vehicle.

Patterson, 73, was a front-seat passenger. He suffered multiple broken bones and is starting a rehabilitation program. His driver, James Cram, remains hospitalized.

Potter said Patterson and Cram were voluntarily releasing a portion of their medical records and toxicology reports to show that there was no alcohol in their blood at the time of the crash.

Download: Toxicology reports

Prainito is facing three counts of moving violation causing serious impairment of a bodily function – a misdemeanor that is punishable with up to 93 days in jail.

--Anthony Prainito

Read more: Pretrial Tuesday for man accused of causing OC exec's crash


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