2 Detroit cops get probation in fatal chase

The Detroit News
Ronald Cadez

Two Detroit police officers involved in a high-speed chase that ended in a fatal crash last year were sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation, a $500 fine, costs and five days of community service.

Stephen Heid and Ronald Cadez received the sentences from Judge Kenneth King of 36th District Court in connection with the accident Oct. 9, 2017, that killed 19-year-old Jerry Bradford Jr.

Both officers pleaded no contest Aug. 28 to willful neglect of duty and were reinstated from suspension, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

Stephen Heid

Ten days after the crash, the officers were suspended without pay and Chief James Craig said Heid and Cadez allegedly violated department policy by chasing a vehicle not involved in a violent felony and failing to inform dispatchers they were engaged in a high-speed chase.

Craig said he suspended Heid and Cadez after reviewing dash-cam footage that showed they initiated the 35-second pursuit without notifying dispatchers, and then drove away after Bradford slammed his car into a tree on Maiden Street near Park Drive.

Craig said dash-cam footage showed the officers further violated policy by failing to render aid to Bradford or call for medical help after he crashed. Craig said the video showed the officers continued driving, and then circled back to the scene three minutes later, after a citizen phoned 911 to report the collision.