Macomb County Judge Charged In Roseville Hit-And-Run Crash

August 23, 2018 - 2:37 pm

ROSEVILLE (WWJ) - A Macomb County judge has been charged in connection with an alleged hit-and-run crash in Roseville.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday that 51-year-old Judge Catherine Steenland is facing two counts: Failure to Stop at the Scene of an Accident, a one-year misdemeanor; and Failure to Report an Accident, a 90-day misdemeanor.

Authorities say that on the evening of September 25, 2017, police responded to a crash scene along Gratiot Ave. in Roseville, near McKinnon St. where a 31-year-old Roseville man said a woman driving a red sedan hit his car, and then drove away. 

The complainant and provided officers with the license plate number and a description of the woman responsible for the crash, which was also seen by some other witnesses, according to prosecutors. No injuries were reported.

An investigation by Michigan State Police identified Judge Steenland as the suspect. 

"The alleged actions of this judge are disturbing," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who took over the case after Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith recused himself.  "A judge is the ultimate example of one who should be held to the highest standards of the law.”

Steenland was expected to turn herself in for the arraignment in 72nd District Court in St. Clair on Aug. 24.