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Lawyer: Meds caused Va. cop to stab firefighters

Medication Bradley Colas took to treat a respiratory infection made him "hear voices"

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Virginia Beach officer who allegedly attacked two firefighters at a crash scene was suffering side effects from an antibiotic at the time, according to his lawyer.

Bradley Colas, 23, is accused of stabbing two firefighters — and firing shots at responders — after crashing his car into a tree last week.

Colas' lawyer said medication he took to treat a respiratory infection made him hear voices, according to CBS Local. He reportedly took six doses of Biaxin, but stopped when he suffered from hallucinations.

Colas said he was driving the day of the crash because he had to go to Philadelphia to see Jesus, the lawyer said. He reportedly believed the firefighters were demons.

He remains in jail, WTKR reported. Sources said he worked hard to become a police officer and recently graduated academy.


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Deborah Tinter-Dietrich Deborah Tinter-Dietrich Monday, March 12, 2012 12:16:50 PM Omg meep his ass in jail..this is the most ridicoulous thing ive ever heard.....send him to path....good God...he is a sick bastard
Daniel Hart Daniel Hart Monday, March 12, 2012 12:30:22 PM Not uncommon for this to occur on strong antibiotics. Physicians need to advise patients of this problem and let them recover at home, not at work. But this may have ended much worse if he were at home.
W Peter Campbell W Peter Campbell Monday, March 12, 2012 12:32:06 PM Keep the unstable cop in jail,-TAKE his badge and weapons for life! I have been on the same antibotic and it does NOT make people hallucinate! It is an outright LIE, and both this cop, AND his despicable, lying lawyer should be imprisoned! This isn't the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard, but it's in the top 5! Another big LIE is that "cops s-a-v-e lives?" Wrong! NOT The cops' job to do so, so anytime they have the priviledge to actually HELP a person in trouble,~they are STILL overstepping the scope of THEIR Practice! (Unless, of course, as in some communities, the every police officer is REQUIRED to be Registered EMT.
Heather Veldstra Heather Veldstra Monday, March 12, 2012 12:38:32 PM Just because you didn't have side effects doesn't mean he didn't. Everyone is different and different people respond differently to different medication. He could be lying- or he could really be suffering from the antibiotics. I know I've had some horrible symptoms because of antibiotics. I can't even take them anymore.
Dawn Barlow Wagner Dawn Barlow Wagner Monday, March 12, 2012 12:47:36 PM Cops are trained in cpr are are first responders and thank god they all don't think like W. PETER CAMPBELL. I know a few of our local cops have saved lives that would of been lost waitung for the Emt"s to get there. Maybe the cop had a bad reaction to tge meds. We can only hope it was that and not a violent cop.
W Peter Campbell W Peter Campbell Monday, March 12, 2012 12:49:19 PM @Heather Carey: While it is true that this cop may have had some very strange side effects, I personally believe the lawyer is amplifying them and misrepresenting it as a valid defense to this despicable attack. If the situation were reversed, the EMT's butts would be on the line without any doubt! In this case, no matter what the cause, this cop is nuts and should be taken out of society because he attacked people for trying to help him! In most states, the police will arrest you for operating under the influence of ANY medication, and they don't even have to prove it to be unnecessary, unprescribed, or even have a warning about driving on it on the bottle!
Heather Veldstra Heather Veldstra Monday, March 12, 2012 12:54:28 PM W Peter Campbell, you have been given very little information to base your theories out of.
Jake Bigelow Jake Bigelow Monday, March 12, 2012 1:02:03 PM W Peter Campbell First off, no where in the US would you be arrested for driving under the influence of antibiotics. You might want to go back to school yard lawyer school if you believe that. Second, reactions this severe, while not common, do happen. You also state that you personally believe that the lawyer is misrepresenting the facts to cover up this attack. And you've based this opinion on what exactly? A news article? I'm sure you don't know him, or the responders. I bet you don't know his medical history. I'm even willing to bet you aren't attached to this case in anyway possible. Do you even have the time to think rationally? This is a person with no criminal history and zero violent behavior doing something that is completely irrational. There is more to this than a "crazy cop". I'm glad no one was seriously injured and I do think he needs to get well, but most importantly we need to make sure he should be held accountable for his actions, because if he was suffering from a severe reaction to prescribed antibiotics, your ignorant opinion would be to hang him.
W Peter Campbell W Peter Campbell Monday, March 12, 2012 1:02:30 PM I say again, if the situtation were reversed, and it was an EMT stabbing a cop, well, I'm certain that IF the cops didn't shoot the EMT, the district attorney would make certain that no matter WHAT the underlying condition, the ATTACKER would get jail time. The only reason for excusal of this action is the type of badge this ZERO wears! My compassion remains with the Firefighters, and I hope they crucify this cop!
Heather Veldstra Heather Veldstra Monday, March 12, 2012 1:29:36 PM You're a fool.
W Peter Campbell W Peter Campbell Monday, March 12, 2012 1:39:44 PM Am I? You obviously think that the cops should somehow be above the laws they take an oath to uphold! Tell me, are you in a relationship with , married to, or are yourself a police officer. A District Attorney or a defense attorney? I cannot phathom how you can simply excuse the Vilolent Crime this cop has perpetrated?! You say that I am the fool, but it's rather obvious that if YOU were the Firefighter, and this cop attacked YOU, you'd still want the police to let him off simply because he said he was on drugs and hallucinating?! I'm no fool Ms. Carey, and this cop needs to serve some time!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 5:29:54 AM So the obvious question is if it was not a drug reaction and let's just assume they have tested and not found him to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs what would be the motivation for irrational behavior? At this point the suspect has had no history of violence and most police departments perform extensive psychiatric evaluation prior to hire so clearly something else was at work here. I would like to hear a bit more facts before I throw this guy in jail.
David Pernell David Pernell Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:51:52 PM Peter, how can you make such statements like that. This may of been a good cop, I've seen medication cause all type of problems. God, I hope you dont rake any medication that cause you to do strange things. Maybe people would want you to lose your job. And that other thing about, he got away with it because he is a cop and if it were you things would be different, is absolutely crazy. I've seen calls were people lost there mind and attacked cops and out was handled professionally with no charges. So stop being one sideded and grow up.
Candice Ryan Supples Candice Ryan Supples Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:42:11 PM W Peter Campbell " I have been on the same antibotic and it does NOT make people hallucinate! It is an outright LIE, and both this cop, AND his despicable, lying lawyer should be imprisoned!" Auditory and visual hallucinations are very well documentated side effects of the macrolide antibiotic Clarithromycin (Biaxin). A quick Google will yield not only several anectdotal reports, but articles in peer reviewed medical journals. The fact that you are posting on this site leads me to believe the chances of you being an EMS provider are pretty high. So how about checking the literature before making such a crucifying statement?
Gregory Perdue Gregory Perdue Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:45:27 PM bullshit
Talyna McGloin Putnam Talyna McGloin Putnam Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:49:09 PM Sounds like schizophrenia. He is about the age to start having episodes. The worst neuro issue would be a friggin' headache. Ugh.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Wednesday, March 14, 2012 4:04:15 PM All some of the comments here prove is that some Paramedics have no knowledge of antibiotics or drug action and interactions. It also seems some have never read the inserts of some very common meds. Sad examples for the education or lack of for Paramedics.