Oakland County Deputy Charged in Deadly Crash. Lawyer Ven Johnson Retained by Hooks Family

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2014

Oakland County sheriff’s deputy, Dennis Alvis is free on bond after being charged Friday with two counts of moving violation causing death when he ran a red light and killed two people with his patrol vehicle November 1, 2013. This violation carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $2,000.00 fine.

Hooks and his passenger, James Leon Greer, 24, both died of injuries from the crash. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Paul Walton said, “Police officers have a difficult job, but they still have to follow the law.”

Lawyer Ven Johnson, who sued Oakland County on behalf of the Hooks’ family said, “That tells me that it was blatantly obvious to the prosecutor that he was in gross violation of department policies and Michigan law.” Greer’s family has also sued the county.

Alvis remains suspended and off work and recovering from his own injuries while his criminal case moves forward, the sheriff’s office said Friday.

A statement was released on Friday expressing condolences to the families of both men.