2 Detroit cops charged in fatal car crash

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News


Two Detroit police officers have been formally charged with willful neglect of duty in connection with a high-speed chase that ended with the death of a 19-year-old man last fall.

Stephen Heid, 26, and Ronald Cadez, 28, were each arraigned on the charge Monday,  the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Stephen Heid

A judge set bond for each man at $5,000 and scheduled their next court appearance for March 26.

Both officers were suspended without pay after the Oct. 9 incident, in which Jerry Bradford Jr. was killed.

Authorities said Heid and Cadez saw a speeding car on Maiden Street and Park Drive in Detroit at about 10:18 p.m. on Oct. 9.

Ronald Cadez

The two allegedly turned on their sirens and attempted to execute a traffic stop and pursued the vehicle, officials said. 

The suspect's vehicle then crossed an intersection and crashed into another car, the prosecutor's office said.

Heid and Cadez allegedly left the scene and failed to notify the dispatcher they were engaged in a vehicle pursuit, according to officials.

Since they allegedly failed to respond to the accident, authorities accuse the officers of neglecting their duty. The charge is punishable by up to one year in jail.