Police lieutenant arrested, accused of drunken driving

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 25, 2014

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights police detective lieutenant who has been serving as the department’s media liaison was reportedly arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Shelby Township July 17.

The arrest reportedly occurred after a single-vehicle accident involving Sterling Heights Police Detective Lt. Kevin Reese. Kevin Reese is the brother of Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese.

Capt. Stephen Stanbury of the Shelby Township Police Department said Shelby police responded and found the vehicle, driven by Lt. Reese, off of the road near West Utica and Dequindre roads on Thursday, July 17.

He said Kevin Reese was the only person in the vehicle, and officers arrested him at the scene and transported him back to the station.

“I think it was just off the road. I still haven’t reviewed the report yet today,” Stanbury said July 21.

According to a statement from Sterling Heights Community Relations Director Steve Guitar, Shelby Township police arrested Lt. Reese on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

“The incident will proceed through the normal judicial process,” the statement said. “The city will also be conducting an internal investigation and, so not to compromise the investigation, will not offer further comment at this time.”

Guitar said Lt. Reese is a 20-year veteran of the force.

“Lt. Reese is being placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the ongoing internal investigation and fitness for duty evaluations, at which time his pay status may change,” Guitar wrote in an email.

While the city is holding Lt. Reese’s situation under review, at this point the city does not plan to investigate the Sterling Heights Police Department or Chief Reese, Guitar said.

City officials have responded to and denied allegations that Chief Reese sought to interfere or seek preferential treatment for his brother. Guitar did not reveal where those accusations came from.

“I wish we knew,” Guitar said. “We’re not getting into that.”

Stanbury said police held Lt. Reese at the Shelby Township Police Department overnight and that, around noon or shortly after on Friday, Chief Reese picked up his brother after he was released.

Stanbury said that, to his knowledge, his staff did not have any contact with Chief Reese at the scene. Stanbury emphasized that he wasn’t at the scene, but “there were no demands made of us.”

“We have had no contact with (Chief Reese) in the way of asking any favors. It’s all been above board,” Stanbury added. “It sounds like there’s some dramatic information coming out that’s not true.”

Chief Reese declined to comment on the matter.

No results from any blood-alcohol content measurement related to the case have been revealed. According to the 41-A District Court’s Shelby Township and Sterling Heights branches, at press time there was no record of an arraignment date for Lt. Reese.

Learn more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489.

Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik contributed to this report.