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Privacy, Rights Issues Debated in Crapse Case

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Sgt Bobby Crapse was killed in June of 2012 in head on collision on I-16 Sgt Bobby Crapse was killed in June of 2012 in head on collision on I-16
Patricia Collins faces vehicular homicide charges in connection with Sgt Bobby Crapse death Patricia Collins faces vehicular homicide charges in connection with Sgt Bobby Crapse death
Patricia Collins was stoic during Friday's hearing Patricia Collins was stoic during Friday's hearing
CHATHAM COUNTY, GA -

She's accused of driving drunk, recklessly, and the wrong way on the interstate. Events that all led to the death of a Bryan County sergeant.  

Friday, Patricia Collins was back in court, as her lawyer fought to change the case by challenging the evidence available.  

Personal privacy and rights were up for debate at Friday's hearing.

Patricia Collins' lawyer saying his client's rights were violated in the moments after last June's deadly crash.

It was Collins' car traveling the wrong way down I-16 when it hit Bryan County Sheriff's Sergeant Bobby Crapse's patrol car head-on in the early morning hours of June 15.
 
Crapse died at the scene, Collins badly injured in that same collision.  

Investigators say her blood alcohol level was .139, almost double the legal limit.  

Collins was later charged with Vehicular Homicide and DUI.

Collins' lawyer argued that her constitutional rights were violated when that blood alcohol level was taken.
 
Several witnesses were called during the motions hearing, including Georgia State Troopers who said they were told Collins was asleep or unconscious when blood was taken.  

But the defense argued that she was able to give consent, and wasn't asked to have blood taken, which they say is against the law.  

There was also a lot of talk about how detectives found out where Collins allegedly went drinking that night, and if they obtained her credit card records legally.

In the end, Judge Tim Wamsley listened to about 3 hours of testimony from both sides.
 
But he offered no decision on the defense motions.  

That should come in the next few weeks.  

Once that is finished, the case will be put on a trial docket.  

That could start as early as September.

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