Prisoners Say Deputy who Crashed Van was Texting

By: News 10
By: News 10

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) -- Suburban Detroit authorities are investigating claims made by prisoners being transported in a van that a deputy was texting when he crashed into a cab.

Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said he is reviewing claims that Deputy James Randlett was texting on a cell phone Monday while driving seven prisoners to the Macomb County Jail.

Randlett was not hurt in the accident. Two people in the cab were treated for minor injuries. Some prisoners complained of bumps and bruises.

Michigan law prohibits motorists from using a cell phone to send or receive a text message while driving.

Hackel tells The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens department policy prohibits talking on a cell phone while driving without handsfree equipment.

The Daily could not reach Randlett. He remains on active duty.


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