Former Auburn coach Pat Dye is in the news following a seemingly bizarre set of alleged events claimed in a recently-filed lawsuit.
According to a report from AL.com’s Carol Robinson, 66-year-old Jimmie Lee McCoy claims in the suit that Dye “fell asleep while driving, crossed the center line, hit him and then held him against his will at the coach’s Macon County hunting property.”
The allegations stem from a traffic incident that was reported to have occurred on July 6 during the middle of the day. The accident report indicates that Dye did cross the center line in a Toyota Tacoma, striking McCoy’s minivan. No arrests were made and drugs and alcohol were not considered a factor.
Dye, 76, told AL.com that he fell asleep at the wheel on his way back home from a lunch at Auburn. He also called the allegations against him regarding holding McCoy against his will “100 percent a lie.”
The lawsuit was filed by McCoy on Thursday, and it reportedly names one of Dye’s employees, Lynn Huggins, as part of the suit.
Here are some of the details on the alleged series of events, as reported by AL.com:
After the accident, Huggins reportedly then came to the scene. Huggins is the sales and special events managers of Dye’s Quail Hollow Gardens and Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve. The suit claims McCoy was then taken to Dye’s home or property where Dye and Huggins “detained (McCoy) without his permission or acquiescence and over his objection, and (McCoy) could not reasonably or practically leave.”
The suit claims McCoy suffered serious injuries which caused him great physical pain and mental anguish. The suit says he was permanently injured, and “will be caused in the future to expend large sums of money in the nature of doctor, hospital, drug and other medical expenses in and about an effort to heal and cure said injuries.” The suit claims McCoy’s earning capacity was caused to be greatly and permanently diminished.
Dye is accused of negligence, wanton and reckless conduct and violation of rules of the road. “The actions of (Dye) were a conscious disregard of the rights and safety of others by the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated and, therefore, said actions were oppressive, gross and malicious,” the lawsuit (states) reads.
Dye went 99-39-4 during his tenure as Auburn head coach, which stretched from 1981-92. The Tigers won the SEC championship in 1983, ’87, ’88 and ’89 under his watch.