- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 55-year-old man had been drinking while operating a boat that a suburban Detroit fire chief jumped from before drowning.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1EnCBjf ) Friday that William Jeffrey Jr. of Troy pleaded guilty during a Thursday arraignment to misdemeanor operating a vessel while intoxicated.

Jeffrey faces a Sept. 16 substance abuse evaluation in New Baltimore District Court and Sept. 29 sentencing.

Southfield Fire Chief Keith Rowley jumped July 31 from the 40-foot vessel into Lake St. Clair off Harrison Township to retrieve a hat. He wasn’t wearing a lift jacket and his body was found a few days later.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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