Cushingberry's traffic ticket dismissed, no DPD officer appeared - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Cushingberry's traffic ticket dismissed, no DPD officer appeared in court

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr. first made headlines in January when police found alcohol and marijuana inside his vehicle shortly after he took office. Then in February, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said a supervisor gave him a break he didn't deserve.

Now, Cushingberry seems to have gotten another break.

Police have concluded Cushingberry pulled into oncoming traffic and failed to signal, cutting off the path of a marked police car the night of the traffic stop. During the stop police discovered alcohol and marijuana inside his vehicle, yet Cushingberry was only given a ticket for failing to signal.

ALSO SEE: Supervisor to be disciplined after cup of alcohol, smoked joint found in Cushingberry's car

The outcome of the traffic stop raised concerns that Cushingberry may have been given preferential treatment. The Detroit Police Department launched an internal investigation into the matter and determined Cushingberry may have received preferential treatment.

"There was certainly evidence that, possibly, the councilman was under the influence. There was no effort to administer a field sobriety test," says Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "It tends to suggest the councilman was given preferential treatment. ... What's being said here today is, there are no special treatments to anyone because of status."

Court records from the 36th District Court show Cushingberry appears to be off the hook again - whether intentional or not.

Two weeks after the news conference in which Chief Craig revealed the investigation's findings, the officer who wrote Cushingberry's traffic ticket failed to show for his court date. The judge dismissed the case citing 'no DPD officer appeared.'

Chief Craig says the officer didn't show up because he never got the paperwork.

"He was reassigned to a new precinct and his former assignment, the subpoena went there. So that's the issue. So, it wasn't special treatment, based on what we learned," says Chief Craig. "It certainly was a management faux pas."

He says he does not believe people will think Cushingberry got another break, and acknowledges that officer's supervisor should have got him the court notice. He says he has no plans to discipline the supervisor.

"It's a paper deal. It's unfortunate. I would have liked the officer to have been served because it does give the appearance that something was done special, but there's nothing that indicates that," he says.

Cushingberry has been unavailable for comment.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:38:02 GMT
    As of 6 a.m., approximately 165,000 DTE Energy customers are out of electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 21,000 customers that were affected by the storm, which included wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. in the DTE service area.
    As of 6 a.m., approximately 165,000 DTE Energy customers are out of electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 21,000 customers that were affected by the storm, which included wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. in the DTE service area.
  • Let It Rip Weekend Proposal One and the Mongo Brothers

    Let It Rip Weekend Proposal One and the Mongo Brothers

    Let It Rip Weekend Proposal One and the Mongo Brothers

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:46:07 GMT
    How is Proposal One tied into funding our local schools, police and fire departments, plus should African Americans abandon the Democratic Party and the UAW?
    How is Proposal One tied into funding our local schools, police and fire departments, plus should African Americans abandon the Democratic Party and the UAW?

  • Porch shooter Theodore Wafer back in court for 3rd day of trial

    Porch shooter Theodore Wafer back in court for 3rd day of trial

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:34:31 GMT
    The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony.
    The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices