On January 19th, 2018, 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. WCPO requested investigative work from the Michigan State Police that was necessary to the review of the case, and to make a charging decision.
On September 25, 2017 at approximately 8:30 p.m., police officers were dispatched to a hit and run incident at Gratiot near McKinnon Street in Roseville, Michigan. The officers spoke to a 31-year-old Roseville man, who alleged that a female driving a red sedan hit his car and drove away. The victim provided the officers with the license plate number of the red sedan and description of the woman. There were also civilian witnesses that observed the incident. Investigation by the Michigan State Police identified Judge Steenland as the suspect in the case.
Judge Steenland has been charged with one count each 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.* Arrangements are currently being made for Judge Steenland to turn herself in for processing. The time, date, and court where the arraignment will be held, will be updated when it is received.
Prosecutor Worthy said: ““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.”