A police chief has pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired.
Lake Angelus Police Chief Michael Farley was sentenced to one year of probation and four days of community service following his guilty plea before Judge Marc Barron in Oakland County’s District Court earlier this month.
Farley, 62, was arrested in Keego Harbor on Nov. 30 and faced up to 93 days in jail. Instead, he received the lesser sentence, ordered to pay $65 for not wearing a seat belt and must pay more than $1,500 in fines and fees, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing court records.
According to police records, the Waterford resident was arrested at approximately 9:40 p.m. after officers received a report of a possibly intoxicated individual operating a red truck.
He smelled of alcohol, was not wearing a seat belt and slurred his speech, according to officers on the scene, and admitted to having four drinks.
Farley issued a statement following his arrest, which stated, “I know that I am not above the law. That said, I am also not beneath the law. There is in our system of law a process that I must now go through in order to receive due process under the law.”
The police chief received a vote of confidence from the Lake Angelus City Council in December and officially remains in his position.
Jose Fanego, Fairley’s attorney, told the Detroit Free Press that the sentence was fair given the circumstances and his clean record.
“He knew there was a consequence and he’s paying for it both in damage to reputation and the public profile of his arrest … and finally the court’s sentence of supervising him for a year,” Fanego said. "It will all go a long way to, hopefully, satisfy the public that a crime was punished without bringing out the pitchforks and torches against the defendant.”