WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. (WJBK) - A Macomb County Judge is facing two misdemeanor charges for a September 2017 accident where she hit another car and drove away from the scene.
Macomb County Judge Catherine Steenland, 51, was charged in the accident that happened September 25, 2017, in Roseville.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges on Thursday, August 23, nearly 11 months to the day since the accident.
According to the charges, police were called to a hit and run on Gratiot near McKinnon in Roseville around 8:30 that night. police spoke with a 31-year-old man who said a female driving a red sedan hit his car and drove off. He was able to get a license plate and description of the woman.
The Michigan State Police identified Judge Steenland as the suspect in the case.
The case was referred to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office by the Office of the Attorney General after Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith recused his office from the case. According to Worthy's office, more investigative work was requested from MSP to review the case.
"The alleged actions of this judge are disturbing. A judge is the ultimate example of one who should be held to the highest standards of the law," Worthy said.
Steenland is charged with one of failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident, both misdemeanors.
Arrangements are being made for Steenland to turn herself in on the charges.