Police: Otisville man possibly drunk when he hit Burton motorcyclists, fled, crashed again

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BURTON (WJRT) (7/10/2018) - Burton Police Det. Eric Freeman swore out a search warrant in Flint's district court Tuesday to get access to the cell phone of a 57-year-old Otisville man.

"It's gonna give us the location of his cell phone, where he was at, at what particular times, which towers he was hitting off, that type of thing. So we can try and get of his location at specific times," Freeman said.

He said investigators are working to determine if the man was behind the wheel of the white Jeep Wrangler they believe hit and severely injured RJ and Courtney Ryan on June 30.

That Jeep is already in a police impound facility. Freeman said the crime lab recovered several pieces of evidence from it.

"There was some obvious damage as a result of the accident, yes," he said.

Freeman explained the Jeep sideswiped the couple on their right side at the intersection of Belsay and Bristol roads, causing RJ to lose his leg and several fractures to Courtney's leg.

"He had the potential to actually bleed out and it could've been a lot worse for him," Freeman said of RJ.

Freeman said when the Otisville man allegedly left the crash scene, he continued driving east down Bristol Road and ended up in Lapeer County.

"He did a hit-and-run in Lapeer as well," Freeman said. "He didn't hit any people, but he hit some parked cars, fled the scene and then actually he actually came to a rest. He drove down the road and ended up in Oakland County."

He said police alerted the Burton Police Department after arresting the man for drunk driving.

"We do believe alcohol is a factor, but it's still has yet to be proven," Freeman said.

The Otisville man is expected to be formally charged with the crash in Burton later this week.

Family of the Ryans said the couple is home recovering and will soon both be learning to walk again.

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