Virginia Beach Dangerous Drug Attorney Report – Side Effect of Antibiotic Caused Attack by VA Beach Officer Bradley Colas on Firefighters

By John Cooper, Virginia Beach Personal Injury Lawyer

A Virginia Beach police officer has described how a prescription for a prescription for the common antibiotic Biaxin gave him hallucinations that led him to crash his car and attack firefighters on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The case of Bradley Colas is one of the most unusual I have come across as a Virginia Beach dangerous drugs attorney and one of the most disturbing.


In an interview with the Virginian-Pilot Mr. Colas described how he took the Biaxin for bronchitis.

He told the pharmacist he felt like he was having a “manic episode.”

The Virginia Beach police officer spent three months in jail after being accused of attempted murder following his attack in which he shot at volunteer firefighters trying to help him after a car crash on March 4, 2012 on the Eastern Shore.  

He claimed he was seeing demons at the time. Doctors said it was a bad reaction to the Biaxin.

One of them was quoted in the Pilot. “It is my opinion with reasonable medical certainty that on March 4, 2012, Mr. Bradley Colas was suffering from involuntary intoxication due to his prescribed Biaxin,” one doctor wrote. “His involuntary intoxication so unsettled his mind that at the time of the crimes with which he is charged, he did not know the nature and quality of his acts or the wrongfulness of his acts.”

Randy Singer, one of Colas’ lawyers, told the newspaper: “It’s almost laughable that an antibiotic could cause a psychotic breakdown.  We think it requires more warnings than are out there now.”

While an Accomack County judge initially denied Colas bond the charges were later dropped and he was reinstated in his job by Virginia Beach police.

As Virginia Beach injury lawyers we see plenty of examples of medicine that fails to warn of all the side effects as well as drugs that have unexpected and alarming side effects.


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