Metro detective decommissioned after arrest, DUI charge

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Metro Nashville Police detective has been decommissioned following an arrest and DUI charge.

According to a press release, Youth Services Detective Mike Clark was off duty at the time of the incident, which took place early Sunday morning.

Goodlettsville police say they found him asleep behind the wheel of his unmarked police car in the parking lot of a Long Hollow Pike convenience market after a concerned clerk called.

He reportedly told officers that he struck the median while exiting Vietnam Veterans Parkway onto Conference Drive, damaging one of the car’s tires.

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

The 51-year-old reportedly smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. Authorities say he refused to submit to a breath test.

Clark has been 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.

He posted an $8,500 bond and was released from jail.

Clark is a 26-year veteran with the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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