Wrong-way driver sentenced to 15 years

Wrong-way driver sentenced to 15 years

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Judge Walmsley has sentenced Patricia Collins to 15 years on Tuesday for killing a Bryan County deputy in a wrong-way crash.

Collins will have seven years to serve in jail and eight years probation.

Collins was charged in connection with driving on the wrong way on Interstate 95 in June 2012 and killing Bryan County Sheriff's Deputy Bobby Crapse.

She pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and DUI in court Tuesday morning.

The judge considered her sentence based on evidence presented in the case at the open ended plea deal. The court heard from witnesses that determined the length of her sentence.

Becky Crapse, the victim's mother, gave an emotional statement saying she will never forgive Collins.

A psychotherapist who has been working with Collins for the last 18 months said she does not suffer from any type of alcohol addiction.

On Tuesday, the courtroom will also be hearing from several Bryan County deputies who worked with Crapse.

Collins had already agreed to plead guilty, but her sentencing had been delayed because defense attorneys say they had yet to agree on what charges Collins will plead guilty to.

WTOC has also learned that the judge had ruled that Collins' blood-alcohol level would be admitted in court. The defense had argued that it should not be because they claim Collins was unconscious at the time the test was given.

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