article Detroit, MI – A Detroit Lakes, Michigan newspaper has been busted for publishing false information about a deadly car crash that killed two women, a police officer and a man who was on a date with the woman at the time of the crash.
The article, published in the Detroit Lakes Times on August 21, 2017, was based on an unsubstantiated rumor that a driver involved in a car crash had been arrested.
According to police, that driver was arrested in May, but the driver had been on probation for failing to appear at court in connection with the incident.
According the Detroit News, a court warrant had been issued in the case, but it was not clear how long the warrant had expired.
The article also alleged that police had arrested the man’s wife, but police say that was not the case.
Police Chief Mark Sorensen told the Detroit Free Press that the article had been published in violation of the newspaper’s policy on not publishing articles that falsely represent police or public safety officers.
He said that while the newspaper does not comment on pending litigation, it will investigate whether to take further action against the paper, the Detroit Times and other media outlets involved.
“The article contained a false claim that a person driving a vehicle had been detained by Detroit police for failing his probation for not attending court,” Sorenten said.
“This story is untrue and we have zero tolerance for it.
We will not be intimidated by this type of irresponsible reporting.”
The Detroit Lakes Police Department confirmed to The Associated Press that they had received a complaint regarding the article.
The department’s chief said he could not comment further because the matter is still under investigation.
The Detroit Times said in a statement on Thursday that the story did not originate with the newspaper.
“It is our policy not to publish stories that are false, misleading or otherwise damaging to our integrity and reputation,” the statement read.
“We take the safety of our readers very seriously and our editors are committed to reporting the news accurately and responsibly.”
According to a statement from the newspaper, the article was based upon a source who was not a current employee and who said that the woman was involved in an altercation with her husband at the home where the car was parked.
The paper did not provide further details on what was said in the article or how it was reported.
The story was published in a city where police routinely use excessive force.
In 2017, a car chase led to the death of 25-year-old Matthew Foslien, who was struck by a car as he drove toward a house on Lakeview Drive.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.