Macomb County Judge Gets Probation In Hit-And-Run Crash

November 30, 2018 - 12:12 pm

MARINE CITY (WWJ/AP) - A judge in Macomb County accused of crashing into a man's car and driving away has been given a suspended jail sentence, probation and 100 hours of community service.

Roseville's 39th District Court Judge Catherine Steenland learned her punishment Friday in a St. Clair County courtroom. She earlier pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of failing to stop at the scene of an accident where someone was injured and failing to report an accident.

Her lawyer Stephen Rabaut says she's accepted responsibility. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing.

The crash occurred the evening of September 25, 2017 in Roseville, along Gratiot Avenue near McKinnon Street. A 31-year-old man said a woman in a red sedan hit his car and drove away.

The complainant provided officers with the license plate number and a description of the driver responsible for the crash, which was also seen by other witnesses, according to prosecutors.

An investigation by Michigan State Police identified Judge Steenland, 51, as the suspect. Steenland was on medical leave at the time of the crash.

The case was handled by the Wayne County prosecutor's office after Macomb County authorities recused themselves.

The Associated Press contribued to this report.