PINE BLUFF, AR - Jefferson County sheriff's officials say
a man drowned in a lake as he tried to swim away from a deputy sent
to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance.
Officials say 36-year-old Brett Howie jumped in the water and
``tried to swim the lake'' after a deputy arrived at a home where
the disturbance had been reported.
Howie had outstanding warrants against him for failure to appear
in court to face charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of
The Arkansas State Police will investigate Howie's death. State
police spokesman Bill Sadler says the name of the deputy will be
made public when the inquiry is complete.