A veteran Brownwood police officer is on unpaid suspension following his arrest last week on charges of assault and unlawful restraint, authorities said. The charges stem from a Nov. 6 domestic disturbance, Brown County Sheriff’s officials said.
Patrolman Mike Clark, 44, of Early, turned himself in at the Brown County Jail on Dec. 21 after warrants were issued for his arrest, Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said. Clark, who has worked for the Brownwood Police Department since October 1997, is free on personal recognizance bonds.
The charges are Class A misdemeanors and are punishable by up to a year in the county jail.
Clark could not be reached Monday for comment.
According to a press release from Grubbs’ office and a complaint filed in the Brown County Clerk’s office, sheriff’s deputies and Early police responded to a domestic disturbance involving Clark at 2 a.m. on Nov. 6 at a residence outside Early on County Road 381.
A woman with whom Clark has a “dating relationship” alleged Clark assaulted her. Clark is alleged in the complaint to have pulled the woman’s hair. He is also alleged in the complaint to have prevented her from getting out of a vehicle and taking her keys.
Sheriff’s officials conducted an investigation “in close counsel with the Brown County Attorney’s Office and the Brown County District Attorney’s Office,” Grubbs’ press release states.
Assistant Brownwood Police Chief Garry Page said Clark had been on administrative leave, meaning he did not come to work but was paid, from the date of the incident to Dec. 21.
Clark was informed in a Dec. 21 letter from the Police Department that he was being placed on unpaid suspension pending the disposition of the case, Page said. He declined to comment on what the arrest means for Clark’s future with the Police Department.