GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A former Seabee was found guilty of driving under the influence causing serious injuries by a Harrison County jury Wednesday evening. It took the jury only two hours to convict 27-year-old Nicholas Alan Patry of the crimes he committed on December 3, 2011.
District Attorney Joel Smith said Harrison County Sheriff's deputy Craig Necaise testified that he responded to the wreck that December night on County Farm Road in Gulfport.
Testimony revealed that Patry's vehicle crossed over the center line and struck the victim's vehicle shortly before 5 a.m.
The victim, Cynthia Grammer, was airlifted to an area hospital after being pried from her car by rescue crews using the Jaws of Life. Grammer said she suffered a compound leg fracture, broken bones in her arm and she required surgery because of a gash in her face.
Deputies at the scene testified that Patry smelled of alcohol. A blood test performed after the incident showed Patry had a blood alcohol content of .15 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit.
During the trial, the defense called in an expert witness from Arkansas that testified that Patry had not consumed enough alcohol for a BAC that high. He said the blood sample taken by the Mississippi Crime Lab may have fermented.
Judge Roger Clark set Patry's sentencing date for May 8. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.