Cops: Driver charged in dragging death violated bond

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A Waterford Township man accused in the dragging death of a Michigan State trooper should be behind bars for violating conditions of his bond, a state police spokesman said Wednesday.

State police pulled Charles R. Warren Jr. over in Central Lake, near Traverse City, after allegedly “failing to signal a turn in (five) separate occasions and failed to stop at a stop sign,” according to court records. That the 69-year-old was driving a vehicle violates one of the conditions of his bond as he awaits trial in the death of Chad Wolf.

“We’re disappointed,” state police Lt. Mike Shaw said. “This is the second time he had violated bond conditions — first at the district court level and now again near Traverse City.

“He really only cares about himself and not the court’s orders. We would hope the judge would revoke his bond.”

Warren’s attorney, Neil Rockind, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

According to Paul Walton, chief assistant prosecutor for Oakland County, Rockind has requested the bond revocation matter be heard by Judge Denise Langford Morris next Wednesday.

Warren is charged with reckless driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death in connection to the Aug. 28, 2015, death of Wolf. The 38-year-old officer from Fenton was dragged, along with his departmental motorcycle, under a trailer Warren was pulling along Interstate 75 in Springfield Township.

Warren is free on $10,000 bond pending the outcome of the driving charges, both felonies carrying up to 15 years in prison.

At an earlier court hearing, Rockind had said his client was saddened by Wolf’s death but never realized there had been a collision between the trooper’s motorcycle and his trailer in the early morning darkness. Rockind said Warren has been overcharged in Wolf’s death and has sought to have the offenses dismissed or reduced.

Assistant prosecutor David Hutson has said when Warren chose to illegally pull a trailer not equipped with working lights he was driving recklessly.

A pretrial hearing on the death-related charges is scheduled for Nov. 9.

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