Wayne County reserve police officer charged in deadly drunk driving crash

Posted at 2:55 PM, Jun 26, 2018

Editor's Note: The Wayne County Prosecutor's office originally stated that Michael Davis, the defendant, was a Detroit Police reserve officer. The prosecutor's office has corrected that information, stating that Davis is a Wayne County reserve officer. 

A Wayne County reserve police officer is facing several charges for an alleged drunk driving crash that killed a man Saturday night.

According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, 58-year-old Michael Davis was driving his truck on at the intersection of Grand River and Meyers when he struck 30-year-old Daniel Starks who was riding a motorcycle.

Police say officers arrived on scene and rendered medical aid to Starks and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Davis had slurred speech and a flask in the front cup holder of his truck, and it's believed he was driving under the influence of alcohol and was in possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

Davis is charged with operating under the influence of causing death, a 15-year felony, reckless driving causing death, a 15-year felon and possession of a firearm while under the influence, a misdemeanor.

It's expected that Davis will be arraigned on those charges Tuesday afternoon.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office responded in a statement saying that Davis is no longer a reserve, due to the recent incident. The statement goes on to say that Davis was in his personal vehicle at the time of the incident, and that reserve officers are volunteers, not employees of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.