By BOB OLIVER
DEARBORN — The 28-year-old Highland Township man accused of reckless driving when a hayride at Camp Dearborn toppled sending nine people to area hospitals on Oct. 27 had his pretrial hearing delayed a third time last week.
Adam Forehand was scheduled to appear Jan. 7 before 52nd District Court Judge Robert Bondy for a pretrial but had the appearance rescheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 14 prior to the meeting. The rescheduled date will also be before Bondy.
Forehand originally was slated by appear for a pretrial on Dec. 17, but the date was pushed into the new year by Bondy.
Forehand remains free on a $1,000 personal bond but is restricted from consuming alcohol or using illegal drugs. He is tested twice a week for alcohol use and once a week for illegal drugs based on Bondy’s instructions.
The charge of reckless driving carries a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail or a $500 fine.
Foreland, who is a part-time employee at Camp Dearborn, currently is suspended without pay by the city of Dearborn, which owns and operate the camp in Milford.
The incident occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Area B of the camp when Forehand attempted to navigate a small hill. The tractor was turning to the left, toward a row of campsites, when the trailer turned over, landed on its side and righted itself again.
All 16 passengers, who were associated with the Henry Ford Community College Support Staff Association, were thrown from the trailer and several riders sustained injuries.
According to the police report filed after the incident, Forehand informed the police that he had been drinking before the accident and was given a breath test by the officers, registering a reading of 0.06. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 in Michigan.
Forehand said he had consumed alcohol because it was his birthday.
(Bob Oliver can be reached at [email protected])