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

Patterson injured Aug. 10 in Auburn Hills crash; Driver charged

Published On: Oct 01 2012 04:44:43 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2012 05:52:02 PM EDT
WATERFORD, Mich. -

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