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L. Brooks Patterson Ticketed for Not Wearing His Seatbelt in August Crash

The Oakland County executive paid the $65 ticket Tuesday.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was cited Tuesday for not wearing a seatbelt in the Aug. 10 crash that hospitalized him for five weeks.

The Auburn Hills Police Department issued the ticket, which is a civil infraction with a maximum fine of $65 and zero points on a driving record. Patterson paid the fine on Tuesday.

“Not wearing a seatbelt was a mistake,” Patterson said in a statement. “I accept my responsibility and paid the $65 fine this afternoon.”

Patterson was discharged from McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac on Friday and is continuing his rehabilitation at an undisclosed location.

He had been hospitalized since Aug. 10 when the car he was riding in crashed into another car at an Auburn Hills intersection. According to police reports, the second car failed to yield at a flashing yellow turn signal, causing the crash.

Patterson broke a hip, leg, ankle, five ribs and both wrists. 

Patterson's car was driven by his longtime driver, James Cram. Neither Cram nor Patterson were wearing seatbelts when the cars crashed; Patterson's seatbelt was found buckled behind the passenger seat. 

According to the Auburn Hills Police Department, Cram has not yet been issued a citation related to seatbelt use. "Mr. Cram suffered significant injuries from the crash and is not in a position to handle a traffic citation at this time," a news release stated.

Anthony Prainito, the driver of the Volkswagen Passat that Patterson's Chrysler 300 crashed into at the intersection of Walton and Opdyke, was charged with a misdemeanor in the crash. He pleaded not guilty. 

More on the Patterson crash:

  • L. Brooks Patterson Released From Hospital
  • L. Brooks Patterson, from Hospital Bed: 'I'm On the Mend'
  • Patterson's Seatbelt Was Buckled Behind the Passenger Seat
  • Patterson Crash: Here's How Those 'Flashing Yellows' Are Supposed to Work
Sefasdancer44 September 26, 2012 at 08:41 AM
That's right James. The DUI he deserved several years ago still upsets me. If it was you or I in that situation we would have been locked up and still making payments to pay off the repercussions. Depends who you are as always!!!!
Haulin T Male September 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Dancer44, that is so not true, I will tell you, a certain PD, stop me, I was goinf down, after two beers, I didn't know what was happening, I couldn't get zyxw....... they ran my record found spotless, his partner drove my van and parked it across the street, and they drove me home....... I have not had a beer since......... that was 4 yr's ago. This makes it sound as though I drink and drive, What was happening, I was having a reaction to new medicine that did not say "no alcohol " They had noticed I was wearing Compression leg wraps, ask if I was on any medicine, ............... yep....... so don't say if it was you or I, It was "I" I am thank full it was raining, and the motorcycle department doubled up with scout cars............ I sent them a thank you card, and their observation and deed, will always be remembered......... as for Patterson, when you see him talk at length it is more on the jovial and happy side, (mannerisms) easy to get confused............ I had a guy at work who had umpteen court appearances, he was from Denmark, he talked very broken English, the case would get thrown out, cause he acted and talked as if drunk....... so to give an "I know what happen" statement should be careful . Do you or I really know?..
Haulin T Male September 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The defense atty. was in court, yesterday, with a hand full of motions, will be interesting................ he wants the text mesg. between officers under freedom of info. act
Sefasdancer44 September 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Haulin T Male are you a relative of Patterson or something?
Haulin T Male September 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I am not, but old enough to realize the county is better off with him then not.. I did not vote for him ! I am a frustrated def. atty. wanna be, if I could do over. smile. the law is fasc. There fore when ppl with grudges don't like titles, etc speak out on Half truths to muddy the waters. as for "Glass Bottle" means what. to you your implying a no no. But to me it means it could be a sport drink, one of those Tea's that are not in the tall cans, why it could even be an Italian Sauce, or pickle pigs feet.. and or any thing else in a glass bottle. as for the reports, for all the time they close down a rd. for invest. the public reports are sure lacking, I agree, I see my cpd reports monthly, hard to make sense of them. I think (know) it is to not make public too much.. till action is taken, or freedom of info is filed. It just be nice if ppl would not pass wind on their anxieties but just on the facts........ ever been on a jury, DNA is as close to perfect as one could get, YET it is not 100% , if there is doubt must not convict.. why is the guy contesting ? does he have 10 points> I don't know. but if he calls the driver or Patterson to the stand they can plied the 5th...it is OUR right. I am interested in the black box, and how it will stand up to scrutiny . in authenticity . I am not for Patterson nor against.. but don't say no one is above the law. and you went above the speed limit today. and you didn't go to the PD. hypercrit

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