UPDATE: Michigan State Police trooper pleads guilty in fatal crash

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UPDATE: Michigan State Police Trooper pleaded guilty to a fatal crash that happened over the summer.

Brian Wiles, 23, took the plea Friday that reduced the charge to reckless driving that left one person dead on July 19.

ORIGINAL STORY:

DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS/AP) — A Michigan State Police trooper has been charged with a misdemeanor in a fatal crash, north of Lansing.

Investigators say Trooper Brian Wiles crashed into a semi-truck, which then struck the rear of another vehicle, killing 26-year-old David Engel of DeWitt.

According to Clinton County District Court records, 22-year-old Wiles is charged with a moving violation causing death in the July 19 crash in DeWitt Township in Clinton County. Police say overhead lights and sirens were activated as he was driving to a Meijer store to investigate a theft.

There was no immediate comment from Wiles’ attorney. The trooper has been suspended since the crash.

UPDATED: Trooper Wiles has been suspended since the crash. Six News spoke with Michigan State Police who say Trooper Wiles will remain suspended pending the criminal case. Michigan State Police will do an internal investigation and Trooper Wiles will be subject to penalties from there department, whether or not he is found guilty.

On Friday, Trooper Wiles will appear at a Clinton County Circut Court for a pre-hearing trial.

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