Lawyers argue violation of rights in Bryan County deputy death

Written by  Monday, 15 July 2013 12:05

Patricia Collins Patricia Collins   Lawyers for Patricia Collins argued in a hearing in court Friday that her rights were violated following the deadly head-on crash on Interstate 16 in June.  Collins is accused of vehicular homicide for driving the wrong way while intoxicated when her car struck the patrol car of Bryan County Deputy Sheriff Robert Warren “Bobby” Crapse around 2:15 a.m. June 15.  Crapse died at the scene.  She was seriously injured.


  In Friday’s hearing her attorney presented several witnesses including Georgia State Patrol Troopers who say they were told Collins was asleep or unconscious when a blood sample was taken which her lawyers said was a violation of her rights.  Lawyers said even though she was able to give consent she was not asked to have blood taken which is illegal.  Officials say her blood alcohol level was .139, nearly double the legal limit of .08.


  Defense attorneys also questioned if credit card information used to establish Collins had been drinking prior to the fatal collision was obtained legally.


  After hearing about 3 hours of testimony Friday Judge Tim Wamsley put off issuing a decision on the claims for a few weeks.  A trial date will be set when he announces his decision.  Trial could get underway in September.


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