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NJ's top court won't hear detective's crash appeal

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2013 at 10:02 am •  Published: March 9, 2013
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top court won't hear the case of a state police detective who was indicted after seriously injuring a Philadelphia man in a pre-dawn car crash.

The Supreme Court's decision means prosecutors will be able to use blood test results against William Billingham, who was driving on Interstate 295 in Camden County when he rear-ended another vehicle in 2009, causing the vehicle to flip over.

Prosecutors didn't seek blood tests from the hospital that admitted Billingham until months after the accident, after they received an anonymous letter saying alcohol had been involved.

The state concluded Billingham's blood-alcohol concentration was above the legal limit. He filed to suppress the blood test results after being indicted in 2011 on one count of assault by auto.

Billingham has pleaded not guilty