Oakland County Sheriff's deputy charged in crash that killed 2 men

By Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Online News Editor, @DaveBartko, dbartkowiak@wdiv.com
Published On: Jan 10 2014 04:56:12 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 10 2014 05:03:42 PM EST

Two young men were killed when the vehicle they were riding in smashed into an Oakland County Deputy's car.

PONTIAC, Mich. -

An Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy has been charged with two counts of a moving violation causing death after he was involved in a deadly crash Nov. 1, 2013 in Pontiac.

Deputy Dennis Alvis' vehicle collided with a car at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Johnson. The driver of that car, Joseph Lawton-Hooks, died Nov. 5. His passenger, 24-year-old James Greer, died later that month.

The Sheriff’s Office says the deputy’s emergency equipment had been activated. He was driving to help other deputies in an unrelated pursuit. The deputy was treated and released after the crash.

The Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation which was handed over to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office.

Alvis, 50, was arraigned Friday in 50th District Court in front of Judge Preston Thomas. He was released on bond. His next court date is 9 a.m. Jan. 16.

If convicted, Alvis could face 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Alvis is currently off work due to injuries suffered in the accident and is suspended from police duties pending the outcome of his criminal case.

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