Report: Driver in fatal crash allegedly ‘super drunk’

Records show driver had history of citations but no driver’s license

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 29, 2016

 Moncia Denise Lacey

Moncia Denise Lacey

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WARREN — The alleged at-fault driver in an early morning crash that killed a 65-year-old husband and father on April 13 reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.18, according to test results recently received by the Warren Police Department.

What’s more, the driver, Moncia Denise Lacey, of Warren, apparently never obtained a license and is currently being held on outstanding traffic-related warrants from three separate agencies beyond her most recent charges out of the 37th District Court, jail records show.

“We’ll let the prosecutor know about it,” said Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department, who confirmed the test results on April 27. 

Mills said Macomb County prosecutors would ultimately make the decision about what additional charges, if any, could be leveled at Lacey.

The state statute for operating a motor vehicle with an excessive blood alcohol level lists 0.17 as the “super drunk” threshold.

Warren police said Lacey was driving a silver 2000 Pontiac Grand Am west along Eight Mile, east of Ryan, at 1:30 a.m. on April 13 when she slammed into a 2000 Lincoln driven by Haleem Fareed Good, of Detroit. Police said Good, who was reportedly on his way to pick up his wife after a dialysis treatment, died when the Lincoln burst into flames after the impact.

Lacey, who suffered hip and leg injuries in the crash, was formally arraigned on April 14 while she was still in the hospital. She faces charges of homicide/manslaughter with a motor vehicle, a 15-year felony, and operating with a suspended, revoked or denied license.

Records show that she was being held in the Macomb County Jail at press time with bail set at $60,000 for the charges in Warren.

Jail records indicate that Lacey was also wanted on four traffic warrants out of the 36th District Court in Detroit, a Michigan State Police 2nd District citation, and two separate warrants out of the 38th District Court for violations issued by the Eastpointe Police Department.

According to the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office, Lacey never received a license to operate a motor vehicle. In such cases, unlicensed drivers cited for traffic-related offenses are assigned what amounts to a driver’s license number that is used for identification and record-keeping purposes. The number becomes assigned to a valid license when and if one is obtained.

Sources said a “suspension” for a person without a valid license is a precluding factor that would keep them from obtaining a license until the suspension is cleared through compliance with any terms mandated by the court.

Lacey’s state of Michigan records indicate that she was cited for no proof of insurance, failure to display a valid license, and a registration or plate violation in April 2011. The records also show suspensions for failure to comply with the judgment and failure to appear in court for those citations.

In January 2012, records show that Lacey was ticketed for driving 49 mph in a 35 mph zone and for driving with an invalid or improper license. The citations eventually resulted in additional suspensions for failure to comply and failure to appear.

Lacey was allegedly the at-fault driver in a three-vehicle crash in June 2013 that resulted in three injuries. According to state records, she was cited by the Michigan State Police for failure to stop within assured clear distance, having open intoxicants in a vehicle and driving with a suspended, revoked or denied license. Again, her license was suspended for alleged failure to comply with the judgment and failure to appear in court.

In April 2014, she was cited in Eastpointe for driving with a suspended license.

Eastpointe police cited her again in January 2016 for disobeying a traffic signal and not having proof of insurance.

Lacey requested a court-appointed attorney at the time of her 37th District Court arraignment. Her lawyer, Patricia Cooper, could not be reached for comment by press time.

Lacey is due back in court in Warren at 8:45 a.m. on May 17 for a probable cause conference.

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