Macomb County clerk cited for crash in county-owned car

The Detroit News

Hours after being fined $100 for ethics violations, Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger was cited Wednesday night by Roseville police for a crash while driving a county-owned vehicle.

According to a news release from police Chief James Berlin, Spranger, 64, was westbound on 12 Mile approaching a red light at Groesbeck at 9:28 p.m. when her 2013 Ford Focus struck the rear of a 2006 Jeep driven by a 60-year-old Warren woman who was stopped at the intersection.

Spranger told police she began to brake for the red light but her foot slipped off the brake pedal onto the gas pedal, causing the car to accelerate.

Neither driver was injured and there was no indication of drug, alcohol or cellphone use, police said. Spranger’s county-owned Focus was towed because of the damage sustained in the crash, while the other motorist was able to drive her vehicle away.

Spranger was cited for failure to stop within a clear assured distance and for having no proof of insurance, police said. Both are civil infractions.

She did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

The county clerk was assessed the $100 fine earlier Wednesday by Macomb County’s ethics board. The panel voted 2-1 that she violated two sections of the county’s ethics ordinance by allowing noncounty employees to access county computer equipment.

Spranger’s attorney, Frank Cusumano, said Wednesday she plans to appeal the fine.