Washtenaw County commissioner candidate reaches plea agreement in hit-and-run crash
A Washtenaw County commissioner candidate pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a hit-and-run crash that injured a teenage pedestrian.
Joe Baublis, 50, made the plea agreement to one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident at his scheduled preliminary hearing in district court, records show.
A felony charge of leaving the scene of crash resulting in serious injury will be dismissed at sentencing on Sept. 2, said Joe Simon, Baublis’ attorney. Simon declined further comment.
Baublis will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot as a Tea Party Republican candidate for the open 11th District commission seat that represents parts of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Township. He faces Democrat Yousef Rabhi, who defeated Mike Fried by one vote in Tuesday’s primary election.
Baublis did not return messages from AnnArbor.com. Police said the crash occurred April 19 near the Packard Road and East Stadium Boulevard intersection at about 5 p.m. A 17-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
Art Aisner is a freelance writer for AnnArbor.com. Reach the news desk at email@example.com or 734-623-2530.