HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI – On 8/21/18, Macomb County Sheriff’s Deputies along with the Harrison Township Fire Department responded to a fatal motorcycle crash near the area of Executive Dr. and Joy Blvd. in Harrison Township.
The crash was a single motorcycle crash with two victims. The operator had been transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries and the passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Responding deputies reported that an orange prescription pill bottle with multiple pills had been at the scene upon their arrival. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit (CIU) was also activated and responded to the scene. Upon arrival of the CIU, the orange prescription pill bottle could not be located.
After review of the deputies’ body worn cameras, it was found that a Harrison Township firefighter, Steven Hart, 45, picked up the orange prescription pill bottle while on scene. After looking at the pill bottle, Hart maintained possession of it and walked to a different location of the scene. It is unknown what Hart did with the pill bottle from that point. Upon further investigation, the pill bottle could not be located.
“In an effort to be more transparent to our community, our deputies wear body worn camera’s as part of their everyday uniform. Not only does this hold our deputies accountable for their actions but it also holds everyone around them, including the public and other first responders, accountable as well.” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.
This incident was presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Seven Hart for one count of Tampering with Evidence (4 year felony).
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith stated, “The public trust in our incredible first responders must remain strong in order for Macomb to remain a safe community.” Smith continued, “Where we see wrong doing by one or our men or women in uniform, we must be vigilant in holding them accountable to the law.” The Harrison Township Fire Department has been cooperative in this investigation. Hart is currently on administrative leave.
Hart turned himself into 41-B District Court of Clinton Township on 9/24/18 and was arraigned on the above listed charge. Hart was given a $10,000 personal bond. He is scheduled to return to court on 10/3/18 at 1:30pm for a probable cause conference.