A Macomb County judge was arraigned Monday in connection with a hit-and-run crash last year.
Judge Catherine Steenland of 39th District Court in Roseville has been charged with two misdemeanors for an incident that occurred at 8:30 p.m. on September 25th near McKinnon Street in Roseville.
A 31-year-old Roseville man told police his car was struck by a red sedan driven by a woman who drove away. The man provided officers with the car’s license plate number and a description of the incident. Other people also saw the incident, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worth’s office.
Steenland, 51, was identified as the suspected driver following an investigation by the Michigan State Police.
The judge has been charged with one count of failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident, a one-year misdemeanor; and failure to report an accident, a 90-day misdemeanor.
The Steenland case was referred to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Jan. 19. by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office after Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith recused his office from the case.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office requested an investigation from the Michigan State Police, saying “that was necessary to the review of the case, and to make a charging decision,” according to a release from Worthy’s office.
Steenland’s fellow judges in 39th District Court have disqualified themselves from presiding over her arraignment. The State Court Administrative Office, by blind draw on Thursday, assigned Judge Michael L. Helewicz of 72nd District Court to arraign Steenland.
Steenland is next due in court on September 28th.