Monday, 20 July 2015 13:46

Attorney Begins Serving Prison Sentence for Alcohol-Related Crash

Michael Brooks Michael Brooks SCSO
MEMPHIS – July 24, 2015 - A Collierville attorney has been sentenced to four years in prison for an alcohol-related crash in 2013 that critically injured two women in another vehicle, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday.
Michael Brooks, 60, was taken into custody Thursday after a hearing in which Criminal Court Judge Glenn Wright denied his petition for probation.
Brooks pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and aggravated assault stemming from the crash shortly after 4 p.m. on July 17, 2013, at Winchester and Hacks Cross Road.
Driving under the influence is a lesser-included offense to vehicular assault.
Investigators said witnesses noticed Brooks slumped over the steering wheel of his 2005 Honda Accord and that when they tried to check on him Brooks began driving away.
His car jumped the center grassy median and crossed over into the eastbound lanes of Winchester where he struck the front of an oncoming 2012 Chrysler.
One of the women now must use a wheelchair because of her injuries and cannot live without assistance. She also has memory loss and part of her foot has been amputated because of complications following multiple surgeries.
Brooks’ blood-alcohol level was measured at .32. He also has three prior DUI convictions, including one while this week’s case was pending. The other two could not be used to enhance his punishment because they occurred more than 10 years ago.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Stephanie Johnson of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Task Force.