Man pleads guilty in drunken driving death of retired Sterling Hts. cop

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — Jimi Pierowich, 31, of Detroit will serve between 42 months to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to operating while intoxicated causing death, in the late-December death of Daryl Brown, 50, a retired Sterling Heights police sergeant.

Brown was hit by a car on the east side of downtown Detroit, at Jefferson and Beaubien, at about 2:15 a.m. on Dec. 21.

Police said the victim was crossing Jefferson when he was struck by a silver Pontiac G6. The car dragged him several feet and then left the scene, police said.

Brown was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police quickly made an arrest, and Pierowich had also been charged with operating while intoxicated, but that was dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Pierowich's jury trial was set to begin Monday. The guilty plea took place Tuesday at a pre-trial conference.

Pierowich is to be sentenced at 9 a.m. May 21 by Third Circuit Judge Mariam Bazzi. 

Brown had served with the Sterling Heights Police Department for 26 years as a road officer and narcotics officer, and many years as a sergeant in the department's traffic safety bureau.

"Daryl will always be remembered for his big smile and his caring spirit," Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski said in a Facebook post at the time. "As great of a police officer Daryl was, he was an even better father and friend. Sergeant Brown spent the majority of his life protecting the residents of Sterling Heights, please keep his wife, two young children and all of his family in your thoughts and prayers."