PONTIAC (WWJ/AP) – Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has been discharged Friday from a Pontiac hospital after he and his driver were injured last month in a crash.

County officials said in a release that Patterson, 73, will continue physical rehabilitation at another facility and receive daily briefings from his staff.

“I’ve made great progress under the outstanding care of the staff at McLaren Oakland Hospital,” Patterson said. “I look forward to continuing the healing process so that I can return to the Executive Office Building soon.”

Patterson’s security officer, Jim Cram, remained hospitalized Friday afternoon with no release date yet set.

Patterson suffered several broken bones and a gash to his scalp when the car he was riding in collided Aug. 10 with another vehicle in Auburn Hills, north of Detroit.

Police said Patterson’s county-issued Chrysler 300 was struck by a VW Passat that turned left, careening into them at the intersection of Walton and Opdyke roads. The driver of the Passat, 31-year-old Anthony Prainito of Royal Oak, is considered at fault in the collision in which he and his passenger were also injured.

Prainito has been charged in the crash.

There have been conflicting reports as to whether or not Patterson was wearing a seat belt.

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