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Patterson's Attorney Releases Toxicology Reports

Public Date: 10/2/2012 12:10 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

‚Äč10-02-12 Toxicology Report for Patterson and Cram

Pontiac, Michigan -- Toxicology reports released today by attorney Steven M. Potter show neither Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson nor his security officer James Cram had alcohol or illegal drugs in their blood at the time of the Aug. 10, 2012 crash which caused both to have serious injuries.

"I have been informed by Dr. Tressa Gardner, the director of emergency medicine at McLaren Oakland Hospital, that there was no alcohol found in Mr. Cram and Mr. Patterson's blood," said Potter, who represents both Patterson and Cram in all civil matters arising out of the accident. "The fact that the report indicates there is less than .0030 grams is because any amount below .0030 grams would be undetectable."

The toxicology reports from the McLaren Oakland Hospital laboratory detail the analysis that was performed upon the blood drawn from Patterson and Cram at the time of their admission to McLaren Oakland Hospital on Aug. 10, 2012. These blood draws occurred within the emergency room almost immediately upon their arrival at the hospital. The purpose of this limited release of medical records is to put an end once and for all to the issue of whether either Patterson or Cram had alcohol in their blood at the time of the accident or any other drug that was tested for by the laboratory at McLaren Oakland Hospital.

"It is my opinion that the criminal attorneys representing Mr. (Anthony) Prainito have attempted to create through innuendo and through innuendo only, a belief that alcohol was somehow involved in the actions of Mr. Cram and/or Mr. Patterson at the time of the accident," Potter said. "The criminal attorneys for Mr. Prainito, again in my opinion, have attempted to shift the focus of the criminal case against Mr. Prainito onto the alleged actions of Mr. Cram and Mr. Patterson, who are the victims of this accident."

Potter reiterated today that the bottle that was among the personal items that are the subject of a motion by Prainito's criminal attorneys contained mouthwash, which was returned to Auburn Hills Police voluntarily in spite of some questions about the legality of the order for the return of those items.

"It is my hope that this limited release of their medical records which contains the toxicology analysis of their blood on Aug. 10, 2012, puts an end to the issue of whether or not Mr. Patterson and/or Mr. Cram was drinking prior to the accident of Aug. 10, 2012," Potter said.

This release of a portion of Patterson's and Cram's medical records is not meant to be construed by anybody as a waiver of their HIPAA rights with regard to the balance of their medical records nor a waiver of their physician/patient privilege.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048; or Steven M. Potter of the Potter, DeAgostino, O'Dea, & Patterson law firm, 248-377-1700.