Records: Man charged in fatal crash violates bond after judge lowers it – Lansing State Journal


Quentin Bartlett (Photo: Courtesy of Aaron Sherman)

CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte man charged with killing another man in a crash while under the influence violated his bond conditions less than three weeks after an Eaton County judge drastically reduced his bond.

In doing so, Benjamin Dunn also violated, for the second time, his 10-month probation for a misdemeanor OWI conviction earlier this year. 

He was not allowed to drink, and the 0.048 blood alcohol content he had at the time of the fatal crash resulted in an arrest for a probation violation. He also was found to have marijuana in his system. 

In early September, after OWI and reckless driving causing death charges were filed, Eaton County District Court Judge Julie O’Neill reduced Dunn’s $500,000 bond to $50,000. Dunn posted the bond and was released from jail, but less than three weeks later, he was back in front of O’Neill for violating both his OWI probation and his bond conditions. 

Records indicate two of Dunn’s drug screens were diluted and could not give a valid result.

Probation officer Elizabeth Hoogstra recommended Dunn serve 10 days in jail, begin intensive substance abuse counseling and attend 12-step meetings as directed, according to court records. He has not been sentenced for the violation. 

Dunn is facing two felony charges stemming from an Aug. 8 crash that left 27-year-old Quentin Bartlett dead outside a Charlotte bar. 

Bartlett’s family was furious about the bond reduction. 

“This grieving process has already been so hard and knowing that this person is out in our community has just made a situation we didn’t think could get any worse, even harder,” his sister, Aaron Sherman said. “We picked up (Quentin’s) ashes as a family the day after that guy was released to go home to his

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