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Another DUI for driver involved in fatality

PattersonA Macclenny man facing a DUI in Jacksonville stemming from an incident in August during which he ran over and killed another man was re-arrested for the same offense in Baker County early on November 25.

Brian Patterson, 32, refused to submit to a breathalyzer test at county jail after he was arrested in downtown Macclenny, and he earlier failed routine field sobriety testing, said Deputy Daryl Mobley.

The officer said he observed Mr. Patterson’s speeding 1996 Chevrolet pickup abruptly stop at the intersection of US 90 and Lowder St. about 2:45 am. Deputy Mobley said he initiated a traffic stop after observing the pickup twice veer into the shoulder lane as it traveled east on US 90.

Two beers, one of them unopened, were inside the vehicle.

Mr. Patterson was charged with drunk driving in October after Jacksonville authorities learned his blood alcohol level was .127 the night of August 10 when he ran over Taylor Evans, 22, outside the Jacksonville Landing.

Anything above .08 is considered intoxicated.

Greg Allen Johnson, 26, is charged with murder in the same incident. Police said he was pummeling Mr. Patterson from outside his pickup truck in a parking lot, and Mr. Evans was on the hood.

When Mr. Patterson abruptly backed up, the victim apparently fell to the ground and was run over when he reversed direction and sped from the scene. He was stopped minutes later in downtown Jacksonville.

Mr. Evans died at Shands Jacksonville several days later. The fight was one of several that police said broke out after the popular Maverick’s bar at the Landing closed at 2 am.

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