Police: GBI tests prove driver lied

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police say forensic tests more than a year in the making disprove statements made by a Dacula man involved in a fatal 2008 crash.

Gwinnett police on Thursday arrested Nicholas Patrick, 25, on charges of felony vehicular homicide, reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane.

Police received forensic test results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations this week that proved Patrick was driving a 2003 Nissan 350z that veered off Interstate 85, hit several trees and killed his passenger, William Tyler Rollins, 31, police said.

At the time, Patrick told authorities Rollins had been driving, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

Both men were ejected in the Dec. 21 crash near the Interstate 985 split, police said.

Patrick was hospitalized with serious injuries and later released. Rollins died at the scene. Neither were wearing seat belts, police said.

Patrick posted $13,800 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail later Thursday.