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A Clinton Township man drowned in the Clinton River this morning as he was trying to flee from a Macomb County Sheriff’s deputy, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office identified the man as 25-year-old Scott James Peabody, although authorities also have documents that list a date of birth that would make him 23. Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Peabody’s family said he was 25.
Despite an initial report that the man was suspected of being involved in the armed robbery of a drug store, authorities reviewed video of the robbery and determined that he was not involved, according to Wickersham. It was unclear why the man fled.
“We’ll never know why he decided to take off running,” Wickersham said.
Wickersham said Peabody has had contact with law enforcement but had no current warrants.
According to the state’s online offender database, a 23-year-old Scott Peabody was on probation for a stolen property-related offense in June in Macomb County.
The drowning happened as police were looking for a man who robbed the Walgreens at 1045 S. Gratiot in Clinton Township. A sheriff’s deputy who had arrived to help Clinton Township police with the search just before 1 a.m. spotted someone matching the description of the robbery suspect at a nearby bus stop, according to the sheriff’s office.
The man fled on foot as the deputy approached. With the deputy in pursuit, the man dove into the Clinton River and began to swim north. He managed to get about halfway across the river before going under.
Deputies were unable to rescue the man because of hazardous conditions, and firefighters from Mt. Clemens and Harrison Township used a rescue boat to recover the unresponsive man, the sheriff’s office said. He was taken to Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
A call to Clinton Township police seeking details of the Walgreens robbery was not immediately returned.