Toxicology reports released today indicate neither Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson nor his security officer James Cram had illegal drugs or alcohol in their blood at the time of the Aug. 10 crash in Auburn Hills in which both men were injured.
In a morning press conference at the Executive Office Building in Waterford, attorney Steven Potter said Patterson and Cram both had their blood drawn immediately at the time of their admission to McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac.
"The fact that report indicates there is less than .0030 grams is because any amount below .0030 would be undetectable," Potter said.
The attorney hopes the limited release of medical records will put an end to the issue of whether Patterson and Cram were drinking prior to the accident.
In his prepared remarks, Potter said that attorneys representing Anthony Prainito of Royal Oak have attempted to create the innuendo that alcohol was somehow involved at the time of the crash.
Prainito, 31, is the driver of the Volkswagen Passat that Patterson's Chrysler 300 crashed into at the intersection of Walton and Opdyke. He has been charged with three counts of moving violation causing serious impairment of a bodily function in the crash and has pleaded not guilty.
According to an Auburn Hills Police Report on the crash, a glass bottle with an unknown fluid was found on the floorboard of the vehicle driven by Cram. Joshua Nucian, an attorney for Prainito, filed a motion to have the fluid tested.
Patterson himself said Friday that the unknown liquid was mouthwash.