PONTIAC (WWJ) – An Oakland County Circuit Court judge has decided not to jail a Waterford man accused in the 2015 dragging death of a Michigan State Police trooper after he violated a condition of his bond.
Charles Warren, Jr., 69, was arrested and charged last month near Traverse City, in northwest Michigan, for allegedly driving with a suspended license – second offense.
As a condition of Warren’s bond in the death of Trooper Chad Wolf he is not allowed to drive.
Judge Denise Langford Morris opted not to revoke Warren’s bond, instead ordering that he post 25 percent of his $100,000 bond as a condition of his release; previously he had paid only 10 percent.
Judge Langford Morris also decided to reinstate Warren’s tether, which she had previously allowed to be removed.
Warren’s attorney, Neil Rockind said Warren didn’t mean any disrespect to the court, saying of an MSP spokesperson’s assertion that his client has no regard for the law and “only cares about himself” — “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Rockind said Warren is “exhausted,” has been leaning on family, and simply made a “bad decision” to drive.
Warren is charged with reckless driving and failure to stop at the scene of a fatal accident after police say he hit Wolf’s motorcycle with his trailer last year.
Rockind maintains that his client did not realize that he hit and dragged the trooper for about four miles along I-75 and has been trying to have the charges dismissed.