Macon Police Sgt. Charged With DUI, Speeding

9:31 AM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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Macon police officer was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with DUI and speeding. 

According to the Georgia State Patrol, a trooper caught Andrew Dumond Clarke, 29, driving 89 miles an hour in a 45 mph zone at Riverside Drive and Old Horton Road. That happened at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.

They say he was charged with DUI after refusing to take the breath test and was turned over to the Bibb County jail.

Macon Police Captain Tracy Brazee confirmed that Clarke is a Sergeant in Precinct 4, which she oversees. She could not say what disciplinary actions would follow but said Clarke had spoken with Internal Affairs investigators Monday morning.

According to a news release, Clarke has been placed on five days of administrative leave pending termination by MPD's Internal Affairs Unit. 

Clarke was released Saturday afternoon after an appearance in magistrate's court. 

Judge William Shurling III, Chief Associate Judge for Civil and Magistrate Courts said the charges have been put on a conditional dismissal under the 48 hour rule. 

He says that's because the arrest was made without a warrant. In that case, he says the arresting officer must be present at the magistrate hearing with a warrant for the charges to move forward. 

Shurling says that didn't happen in this case, so Clarke was released. The charges could be revived by the arresting officer or move on state court, he said.

State patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said the charges will be pursued in Bibb County State Court.

In 2010, 13WMAZ ran a story about Clarke's return from a year deployment in Afghanistan with the 48th Brigade's Delta Company. That was his third deployment. The previous two were with the Marines. He joined the Macon Police Department in January 2007.

Check back with 13WMAZ for details on this story as they become available.

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