Oakland County chief recovering after crash

Aug 12, 2012

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Oakland County's top elected official is in stable condition after suffering several broken bones and a gash to his scalp in a two-car crash in suburban Detroit.

Officials at McLaren Health Center in Pontiac say 74-year-old L. Brooks Patterson remained hospitalized Saturday, one day after the car he was riding in collided with another vehicle in Auburn Hills.

Patterson underwent surgery Friday night to repair broken bones.

Dr. Tressa Gardner, director of emergency services at McLaren, tells The Detroit News that Patterson is "doing great."

Patterson's leased Chrysler 300 was being driven by a 60-year-old former Michigan State Police trooper, who suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. Three others, including the driver of the Volkswagen Passsat that struck Patterson's vehicle Friday, also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash is under investigation.