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MNPD Detective Decommissioned After DUI Arrest

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Posted at 4:16 PM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 17:19:00-04

A Youth Services detective with the Metro Nashville Police Department has been decommissioned after a DUI arrest.

According to reports, officers with the Goodlettsville Police Department found 51-year-old Mike Clark asleep behind the wheel of his unmarked police car in a parking lot on Long Hollow Pike early Sunday.

Clark was off-duty, and police said he smelled of alcohol. He allegedly told officials he struck the median while leaving Vietnam Veterans Parkway to enter Conference Drive. That allegedly damaged one of the car’s tires.

Authorities confirmed Clark’s loaded department-issued pistol was in the backseat.

Reports stated Clark failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test.

He was charged with DUI, gun possession while under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and violation of the implied consent law for refusing a breath alcohol test.

Clark was a 26-year veteran with the Metro Nashville Police Department. Those at the department said officials with the Office of Professional Accountability were conducting a parallel investigation of Clark’s actions.

Clark was released from jail after posting an $8,500 bond.