The judge conditionally accepted a plea agreement for Steve Ruth, 66, of Holly Township, who was charged with one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and one count of leaving the scene of a crash on Friday, Feb. 19.
During the pretrial hearing via Zoom on Wednesday, May 26, Judge Joseph Fabrizio in Oakland County 52-2 District Court accepted an amended agreement for lesser charges.
The operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a crash charges would be dismissed, and Ruth, who is trustee for Holly Township Board of Trustees, would plead guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired. He would also pay $643 in cost recovery from the prosecutor’s office and $500 restitution to Holly Village for the damage done to a patrol vehicle.
A sentencing day has not yet been scheduled.
Holly Police Chief Jerry Narsh had previously said the charges stem from a hit and run drunk driving arrest Friday, Feb. 19. Narsh reported that an on-duty Holly police officer was stopped at the red light on westbound Grange Hall Road at N. Saginaw Street.
The driver of the vehicle, identified later as Ruth, that was northbound on Saginaw Street made a wide turn east onto Grange Hall Road, hitting the officer’s patrol car head on. The officer exited his vehicle, spoke with Ruth and advised him to pull into a nearby driveway. Instead, Ruth drove a short distance eastbound on Grange Hall Road before pulling over and stopping.
The officer that was struck was checked out by medical staff for a minor injury, and was cleared to return to duty.
Ruth did not respond to comment request by press time.