Driver’s blood test completed

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 8, 2010

NATCHEZ — A blood alcohol test has been completed for the driver of a wreck that injured five Trinity Episcopal School students on New Year’s Day at the corner of Canal and Madison streets, but the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson has declined to release the results.

Lab Assistant Director Mike Allen said Thursday blood alcohol results for Dylan Pressgrove, 17, the driver of the GMC pickup that struck a tree on Madison Street, were submitted to the lab Monday.

“The analysis was performed earlier this week,” Allen said. “The report should be issued in the next day or so. However, I cannot release information to you regarding this case.”

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Crime Scene Technician Sgt. Justin Robinson of the Natchez Police Department initially said it would take up to 35 days before Pressgrove’s test results are in. Allen said that time frame is a complete falsehood.

“Currently our turnaround time on blood alcohols coming into the system is generally about a week to a week and a half depending on when it comes in and when it’s assigned,” Allen said.

“After being assigned, (the test) is typically worked within a one to two week period. That would be less than 10 days.”

Pressgrove and Matthew Rymer, 18, whose legal name is Charles M. Fos, incurred the most serious injuries from crash. Rymer is paralyzed from his shoulders down and is being treated at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, Rymer’s mother Dorene Fos said.

Pressgrove remains hospitalized at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Three other Trinity students, Deacon Newman, 18, Cody Strickland, 17 and Jennifer Scuderio, 18, were sent to area hospitals and later released.