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Man Charged In Drunk Driving Crash That Killed Retired Police Sergeant

December 22, 2018 - 12:54 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A man accused of killing a retired Sterling Heights police sergeant in a crash that was allegedly fueled by alcohol has been charged with a felony charge.

Police say 30-year-old Jimi Pierowich was driving drunk around 3 a.m. Friday when he struck Daryl Brown, who was crossing East Jefferson and Beaubien just outside of the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

Brown, 50, was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries. 

Pierowich fled the scene after the collision, according to police, but was later located and arrested.

Pierowich was arraigned Saturday on a charge of operating while intoxicated causing death. The judge set bond as $10,000/10 percent, with a condition he's placed on an alcohol tether should he be released. 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the judge's decision will be reviewed. 

"This is is a very sad case. Mr. Brown was a man who dedicated his life to protect the public from harm. The alleged acts of the defendant took retired Sgt. Brown, from his family, friends, and the citizens of Sterling Heights," She said in a statement. "The defendant received a 10,000/10% bond with an alcohol tether. The Wayne County Prosecutor's office will look at the appropriateness of this bond and address it in court."

Pierowich is due back in court for a probable cause conference on Jan. 2, with a preliminary examination scheduled for January 7.

Brown, who was married to Macomb County Judge Jennifer Faunce, worked for the Sterling Heights police department for 26 years before he retired.  The couple has two children.