Dennis Coburn, Suspect in Assault of BCSO Deputy, Turns Himself In

Some of you may have read about  21-year old Dennis Coburn from the Summerdale area who has been listed as the suspect who rammed into a Baldwin County deputy early Saturday morning. The Crash looks like significant impact with the deputy’s cruiser taking the brunt of the energy from the much larger truck.

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Photo released by BCSO

From the news reports it appears that this was no motor vehicle accident, as Coburn is alleged to have rammed the deputy, crashed out, then flee the scene on foot.

The  incident occurred around 1 am Saturday morning, after a Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy witnessed a white Ford truck commit a traffic infraction. Reports indicate Coburn ran a 4-way stop at the intersection of County Roads 87 and 32.  The deputy attempted to stop Coburn, when Coburn fled.

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Intersection of Co. Roads 32 and 87.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release:

As the Deputy approached the vehicle attempted to head north and then rammed the Deputy head on. The suspect jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot,” said a BCSO News Release.

Of course this is not Coburn’s first run in with the authorities. He pled guilty by means of an information  pursuant to Ala. Code 15-15-20.1 (1975)  to a felony charge of Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree.

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Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree Criminal complaint filed against Coburn 

An information is an alternative charging instrument made under oath of the district attorney or a witness, and accuses the defendant with the same specificity as required in an indictment of the offense or offenses for which the defendant is charged) It is a quick and expedient way to reach a resolution to a criminal charge between the accused and the State.

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Dennis Coburn

In his pretrial diversion application, Coburn was required to give a statement of facts and his culpability in the charged offense. He allocuted as follows:

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In exchange for his guilty plea, Coburn was allowed to enter into a pretrial diversion program for three years with the Baldwin County District Attorney’s office. Provided he was not arrested for any new offense, paid restitution, and paid the costs of court among other conditions, his case would be nolle prossed with no criminal conviction.

Then, 2017 arrived and with it a new City of Foley DUI arrest for Coburn. The State then moved to adjudicate him (revoke his pretrial diversion program).

MOTION TO ADJUDICATE

Ultimately the judge sent him to jail and ordered him to complete 40 hours of community service. Coburn was released from jail on April 23, 2017. On June 22, 2017, Coburn’s completion of community service was filed with the Court.

Coburn remained at large for over 24 hours.

Coburn will face charges for assault, 2nd degree and attempting to elude police. Leaving the Scene of an Accident with injuries may be an additional appropriate charge.

UPDATE:

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It has just been reported by WKRG that Coburn has turned himself in today at the Robertsdale Police Department:

I hope for the deputy’s sake that Coburn has automobile insurance, as restitution for our law enforcement officers in cases like this (in addition to the worker’s compensation coverage) will certainly help in the recovery and rehabilitation process. We do not yet know the extent of the deputy’s injuries, but the crime scene picture indicates a significant impact.

Exactly why Coburn fled the scene is a mystery. Prayers are with deputy and his family for a speedy recovery.

Point of Interest:

A quick scan of Coburn’s Facebook page reveal posts encouraging Coburn to turn himself in.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Green is a solo practitioner who represents personal injury and victims of criminal wrongdoing. He represents members of law enforcement injured by drunk and careless drivers.  He served as a municipal court traffic court judge in the City of Mobile and the City of Saraland for nearly a decade.Matt Green Before that Matt prosecuted major felonies, traffic homicides, and violent crimes in the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office. He teaches trial advocacy to Mobile Police Cadets and speaks to the Mobile County Court Referral Victim Impact Panel.  Matt also defends the constitutional rights of his clients. He may be reached at 251.434.8500 or by e-mail at mattgreenlaw@comcast.net

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The Alabama State Bar, Rules of Professional conduct, Rule 7.2 (e), requires the following language in all attorney communications: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

 

 

Bon Secour DUI Salt Life Suspect’s Salty History

More reported DUI madness this past week in the area. Debbie Williams with WKRG reported that a suspected DUI driver crashed into The Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar on Thursday night.TIN TOPP

Alabama State Troopers responded to the scene and discovered what they believed to be heroin in the vehicle. As reported by Williams, the crash could have been much worse considering the driver crashed into a table where just moments before a family of four with a baby was seated. However, at least one person was injured according to the WKRG report.

As is so often the case with DUI cases like this , the defendant, 50-year old David Emmons,  has a lengthy criminal history . So it is not a shock to learn that on May 22, 2017 Emmons was granted a pretrial diversion and allowed to enter the Butler County Alabama Drug Court on charges related to his arrest in 2015 for trafficking in—you got it,  heroin.

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On May 22, 2017, it  looks like the heroin trafficking charge was dismissed in lieu of a plea to possession of a controlled substance.

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It appears Emmons made it a whole ten (10) days before violating  the terms and conditions of his pretrial diversion.  He is set for drug court docket/hearing on June 16, 2017 in Butler County. It appears he had sage legal counsel considering Emmons had been granted pretrial diversion in a prior felony drug case stemming from a 2006 arrest in Lauderdale County.

Syringes & Heroin Found in vehicle

Authorities say that they found syringes and heroin in Emmons vehicle. The manager of the restaurant, Brittney Briand, snapped this photograph of the interior of the defendant’s vehicle after the crash.

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Photograph from Restaurant Manager Brittney Briand

“THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT JUST STOOD UP”

According to Briand, the crash shook the restaurant. “It was clear there was something amiss. There was a loud commotion and the entire restaurant just stood up.” And even

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Photograph from Restaurant Manager Brittney Briand

then the defendant kept going according to Briand:  “The car did not stop that first time, it kept going, ended up smashing that table up against the wall.”

 

It sounds like as bad as it was, it could have been much worse., although one person was injured. According to witnesses, Emmons passed out behind the wheel across the street at a  stop sign at a 4 way stop on County Road 49. Motorists behind him laid on their horns causing him to speed through the intersection and crash in to the restaurant.

Emmons, like all accused of criminal conduct, is presumed innocent of his charges. He is currently in the Baldwin County Jail.

I am sure his counsel will ask for another shot at drug treatment. Do you think he deserves it? If guilty, perhaps it may be time to consider alternative sentencing options.

Hopefully he has automobile insurance to cover any bodily injury he caused and coverage to repay the The Tin Top  in Bon Secour for the damage he caused.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Green is a solo practitioner who represents personal injury and victims of criminal wrongdoing. He served as a municipal court traffic court judge in the City of Mobile and the City of Saraland for nearly a decade.Matt Green Before that Matt prosecuted major felonies, traffic homicides, and violent crimes in the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office. He teaches trial advocacy to Mobile Police Cadets and speaks to the Mobile County Court Referral Victim Impact Panel.  Matt also defends the constitutional rights of his clients. He may be reached at 251.434.8500 or by e-mail at mattgreenlaw@comcast.net

The Alabama State Bar, Rules of Professional conduct, Rule 7.2 (e), requires the following language in all attorney communications: No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.