SAGINAW (WJRT) (2/22/2019) - A Mt. Morris Township police officer remains off the job after making his first court appearance for charges of drunken driving and filing a false police report.
Vincent Motley was arraigned Friday, nearly a month after he allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a tree on Shattuck Road in Carrollton Township near Saginaw.
Around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 25, witnesses called police to report the crash. Carrollton Township police officers arrived to find nobody inside the truck.
A witness reported seeing the driver get out of the truck, walk around to the passenger side, chase another vehicle that was traveling with him and get inside. That vehicle sped off before police arrived.
While police were investigating the scene, the owner of the truck called 911 to report it stolen. Investigators believe Motley crashed the pickup truck and friends who were with him in another car drove Motley to his Saginaw Township home.
Police say Motley made the call falsely reporting the truck stolen after he left the scene. Once police questioned him, they say the story unraveled.
Motley is charged with five crimes, including operating while intoxicated and making a false report of a felony.
During Friday's arraignment, Motley's attorney said his client is on mandatory suspension from the Mt. Morris Township Police Department. Police Chief Terence Green could not be reached for comment.
Motley was a Buena Vista Township police officer for a short time before joining the Mt. Morris Township department.
He was released on a personal recognizance bond and was ordered to surrender all of his firearms.