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Metro Detroit judge accused of fleeing the scene of an accident, MSP investigating

Posted: 5:52 PM, Oct 03, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-03 18:28:34-04

A Roseville judge could soon face a judge herself, accused of fleeing the scene of an accident. Michigan State Police are investigating. 

James Nielsen says he and his 9-year-old daughter were heading north on Gratiot near Masonic Boulevard Monday night when a woman allegedly hit them in the turnaround lane.

"I was beeping the horn. It didn't get her attention. She looked back at me and then floored it. I followed her to the end of the street, got her license plate, called 911 and then she took off again,” Nielsen says. 

Nielsen says they went to the hospital, he chipped his tooth and had neck and back pain. His daughter received no injuries. 

Days later he says police told him the person accused of hitting him was Honorable Judge Catherine Steenland of the 39th District Court in Roseville. 

Steenland was accused of driving under the influence in 2008. She was suspended from the bench for three months. 

Judge Marco Santia with the court says Steenland is expected to be back in from medical leave mid-October, but she’ll first meet with the Judicial Tenure Commission to determine if she will return to the bench.