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DA: Driver in Fatal Crash Had BAC Four Times Legal Limit

Suffolk County DA reports Michael Grasing had a blood-alcohol content level of .30 the night he hit Brittney Walsh's car.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Wednesday that Michael Grasing had a blood-alcohol content level of .30 and was driving at speeds between 85 and 100 miles per hour Brittney Walsh's car, killing her.

Grasing, of Babylon, was observed "aggressively" leaving the West Babylon Wendy's on Montauk Highway on Sunday night at a high rate of speed heading westbound, according to Spota.

"He was swerving from lane to lane in the westbound lanes of Montauk Highway," said Spota. "He then blew through two red lights - one at Delaware Avenue and one at Wellwood Avenue."

Spota said Grasing, 31, then mounted the sidewalk at some point afterwards before going back on the road and driving in and out of the eastbound and westbound lanes.

Spota estimated Grasing's erratic driving lasted between four to five miles.

Spota also estimated from eyewitness accounts that Grasing was driving between 85 to 100 miles per hour.

At approximately 13th Street and Montauk Highway, Grasing's vehicle hit Walsh's vehicle in the rear at an unknown rate of speed, sending her car into the eastbound lanes, jumping the curb and beginning a roll before stopping outside of .

Grasing, according to Spota's report, didn't apply the brakes and continued down the highway, colliding with several traffic signs before slamming into a traffic pole at 16th Street.

Grasing is expected to be arraigned today following his release from Good Samaritan Hospital. .

Spota, with Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber at his side, said police were still looking for more eyewitnesses to Grasing's erratic driving and where he'd been before being spotted minutes preceding the crash.

It's unknown whether or not Grasing had been drinking at a bar or elsewhere.

Spota noted Grasing did stop at a few traffic lights along his travels, prompting some eyewitnesses and drivers to tell him to pull over. Spota asked those people to come forward for help in the case.

If you have any information concerning the crash or Grasing's whereabouts before the accident, then police ask that you call the First Precinct at 631-854-8152.


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Outside looking in June 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Sickens me that he walked away from this with probably nothing more than a few scratches.
JERRY GOLDSTEIN June 27, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Put him away for a long time WHEN WILL PEOPLE LEARN
Nightmare June 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Agreed. This story has made me so, sooooo, angry.
Maria Z June 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
This has been happening quite a bit. Something has to be done in order to stop this epidemic!
Marlene Reilly Hayden June 27, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Sadly its always innocent people who are victims. The idiots usually walk away. Heartbreaking for this for kid just beginning her adult life. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.
Lindy Mom June 27, 2012 at 07:20 PM
They want to regulate your smoking, drinking of Big Gulps and eating fatty or sugary things, but they do nothing but give these people a few years in jail for killing. It sickens me that this man walked away how no one pulled him from the car and beat him is beyond me. God forgive me. He should be beat while in jail and even that would be too good for him. His family has the nerve to go on TV and say he is a good man with children. Obviously he wasn't caring too much about them. To the people who were with him when he left the bar or party, you should all be ashamed to have allowed him to leave. Tragic.
Maria Z June 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
A good man with children who killed a good girl who was starting her life. She was coming home from work, not from drinking herself to oblivion! Just like Lindy Mom said, they want to regulate everything else, why not regulate the amount of alcohol a bar is allowed to serve, or make it against the law to even walk outside while intoxicated? Of course the family would go out and say that he was a good man with children, they are not the ones heart broken over the loss of a young lady! Im sure they would be singing a different tune if the tables were turned. This is so sickening!!! ugh!
Babylon Girl June 27, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I feel bad for the girl, her family and his FAMILY. I do not feel bad for him at all and I think it is time to make an example out of what happens when you drink and drive. Enough with the slap on the wrist bull crap. He KILLED an innocent girl and her family will never be the same again. Put him away for MURDER and teach all these drunk drivers a lesson.
Donna B. June 27, 2012 at 08:39 PM
It's so tragic and sad for two families but my heart and soul go out to the family that lost an aspiring young lady and someone with so much potential. He does need to rot in jail for a long long time. Unfortunately, a life lesson I am discussing with my teenagers.
Me June 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
John...you have quite a nerve coming on this message board telling us we are generalizing! He was TRYING to stay away from drinking???? Why did he have the damn keys and car if he was just TRYING??? This innocent girl lost her life. And no...I've never been drunk in my entire life and never intend to be. I don't talk or text when I drive either. I have regard for human life ...unlike your buddy. Save your breathe. This loser should rot.
Dan June 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Our police & authorities are failing us. Driving erratic, close to 100 mph, for over 5 miles at night, and it takes the idiot crashing to be stopped? If we can create jobs for silly meter maids writing silly parking tickets, then why not consider creating jobs for road monitors to report suspicious driving? Then when caught, severe, drastic circumstances. Wake up. Put trained people on road patrol and stop allowing innocent people to die. Put a cop
Serenity prayer June 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM
John it sounds like your in AA and so is the drunk driver.... If he keeps relapsing and driving then he deserves to be fried being fully aware he has this disease and putting others lives in danger. I much rather his life taken then to see more innocent lives destroyed.
sue scott June 28, 2012 at 02:11 AM
He pleaded NOT Guilty. Is he insane, stupid and uneducated? He took the test and it stated he was 4 times over the legal limit and that was taken 90 minutes after the accident. HE has NO morals whatsoever. He is NOT caring as they say. He was definitely not thinking of his family and his consequences. He's definitely not a MAN because a real man would take responsibility for their actions. He had a previous DUI! HOw many will it take for him to never be able to drive??? Too many police just galling around the firehouse or hanging in the parking lot behind the old big lots. Time to actually do your JOB! They need to patrol Montauk thoroughly. @ John, He has a disease, you say!!! Wrong, he is like cancer that killed yes KILLED an innocent girl. This man makes me sick and to think that his mighty friends would stick up for him...let me ask you this, JOHN, what if it was your child would you then stand behind your MAN???
Johnisaloser June 28, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Let's call the police on this nut job John, to make sure he is not allowed behind the wheel!! He is trying to justify what this murderer did!!!
Propilot84 June 28, 2012 at 02:46 AM
This has become an epidemic and needs to stop now!! As a father of teenage daughters who will be driving themselves in 2 years I will be worried sick every time they go out ...until they get home. I think if you kill someone while drunk behind the wheel you should be charged the same as if you pulled out a gun and shot someone to death.....The end result is the same....you took a life. If that was my daughter all I would want is 5 minutes in a room all alone with this guy!!
M. Perrotta June 28, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Isn't the biggest question,where was he doing this drinking? At a bar? Who would let someone that drunk leave their establishment and get into a car and drive? All of the laws passed and all the fines and jail sentences still have not stopped people who are so determined to drive drunk.
Steve June 28, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Johnisaloser, thank you for the response and a smile during a tragic event. I did not know Brittney, have no ties to her other then knowing her cousin who I just found out tonight they were cousins but this pisses me off and for some reason hurts. Just sad............
Barbara Capella Loehr (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Good morning. Thank you for the comments about this tragic event. But please stay on topic, and avoid personal attacks and foul language. Patch thanks you.
Ralph Forbes June 28, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Any DWI story get emotional to my family and me. We almost lost my cousin about ten years to a drunk driver. Even more sad he was an off duty police officer. She survived, but sadly many do not. But why is it that the innocent gets injured or killed, and these bums gets to breathe? Brittney was a girl who was just starting her life, and coming home from her job that night.
Lindy3 June 28, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Why is he only charged with DWI & not murder? That's what the real charge should be. He murdered this poor young lady & her family will never be the same again.
Steve June 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
My comments were on topic and in response to posts he made. I guess its ok to let an innocent young lady get killed by a drunk driver but dont bad mouth him. God Bless America !
Migdalia M Torres June 28, 2012 at 05:04 PM
it's called vehicular manslaughter people. Again, he drove for five miles out of control. Where are the cops at that time? We pay a lot of taxes for their salaries. With all due respect to them. They should be making the rounds in all the high risk areas on weekends and holidays. What are the high risk areas? Let them do a study of vehicular accidents via percentages on where they occur the most and when in the last five years? And get some cops to do rounds around the " busy bars" in lindenhurst to observe how the drunks drive out of these places and catch them before they kill innocent people. Rest in Peace little girl. Migdalia Torres
Migdalia M Torres June 28, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Yes they are! I have been on many roads in Lindenhurst and people are driving like mad men and there are no cops around to monitor this..so where are they? Put the cops out in the streets to patrol and report.
Lindy3 June 28, 2012 at 07:05 PM
To date he has only been charged with DWI. His bail was set at 100k & his lawyer is disputing that amount because he was only charged with DWI. (REALLY) Additional charges will be coming & while I know the legal charge will probably be vehicular manslaughter, it should be murder.
Gary Weiner June 28, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I expect that Spota is considering a Second Degree Murder charge instead of Manslaugter and is gathering all the available evidence before proceeding.
Lauren June 30, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The only reason he is saying not guilty is because they need to prove there case .... I was there the night of the accident ... And I would have known I would have prob killed him my self .... Once they prove this case with all proof he will be charged correctly .... Just asking everyone stick together this family (Walsh) needs all of our live and support !
Ed Lindsey July 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Another story of our broken justice system. If people kill an animal they get 25 to 35 years in jail. But if they tear apart a family they get off free. I 'am a grand-father to out one & only grand-daughter Megan Madeline Thomas.She just turned 5 years of age when she was murdered. Julianne Evans wrote about Megan Madeline Thomas on her website. Only you can stop the drunk driver and it wil tell you how. Do not be willing to hear you family or friends final words to you as Megan gave her final words to my wife sitting on a bank at night waiting for help to arrive. Those words are "Grammy I Can Not Breathe!" Go to Julianne Evans web site and read the letter and watch the videos and make a comment on the web site. Julianne will respond to you. Here is her site. http://aevans.hubpages.com/hub/Megan-Madeline-Thomas-Murdered-By-Jacob-J-Herbert-of-Susquehanna-Pennsylvania-Being-Paroled

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