Shelby County Sheriff's deputy on other side of the law

A Shelby County Sheriff's deputy is in trouble with the law charged with DUI.

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Clark is suspended with pay at the moment for drinking and driving.

But this is not the first time the 11 year veteran has received disciplinary actions that involve alcohol.

Last week, Clark was charged with driving under the influence after he passed out behind the wheel of his personal car.

His personnel file says that Clark was at the intersection of Highway 14 and Millington Arlington Road when he fell asleep at a red light.

"And initially the call came in as an ambulance call. Someone called in who said they saw him slumped over the wheel of his GMC pickup truck at that intersection. The medical people arrived and indicated he might be under the influence of alcohol," said Steve Shular with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Clark's blood alcohol level registered .09%.

In March. Clark was suspended for 10 days after he went into a T.J. Mulligans wearing his sheriff's department issued weapon.

The report says Clark ordered two pints of beer, three shots of Jagermister, a martini, then passed out at the bar. He's was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

Clark was hired in 1996 and most recently was assigned to the traffic division. He will remain on the Shelby County Sheriff's Department payroll at least until their investigation is complete.


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