NCSHP sergeant charged on wife’s complaint in arrest warrant

A State Highway Patrol sergeant assigned to the Fayetteville station has been put on administrative duty during an internal investigation that apparently stems from his arrest last week on misdemeanor charges in a domestic dispute.

A patrol spokesman said that Sgt. Robert A. Clark, 37, “was placed on administrative duty by the State Highway Patrol pending an internal investigation that is ongoing at this time.”

Clark was arrested in Cumberland County on Feb. 11 after Jennifer Lauren Clark of Morganton swore out a warrant accusing him of misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor domestic criminal trespassing on Feb. 8, court records show.

The spokesman, Sgt. Michael Baker, said Clark is a 15-year highway patrol veteran assigned to District 1 of Troop B, but Baker said state personnel law prevented his disclosing the reason for the investigation.

Individuals can go before a magistrate and present an argument for issuing an arrest warrant for misdemeanors.

The warrant issued in Morganton says that Clark “unlawfully and willfully did wrongly break into and enter” Lauren Clark’s home at 1622 Silver St. It also says Robert Clark went into the building “after being forbidden to do so” and stayed after Lauren Clark ordered him to leave.

The warrant says the Clarks are married but are living separately. Robert Clark is listed in the warrant as having a different Morganton address.

Robert Clark was released by Cumberland County officials on an unsecured $2,000 appearance bond.

Conditions for his release, which state that a magistrate set them on orders from District Judge Luis Olivera after Olivera had conferred with the district attorney’s office, say he “shall not possess a firearm unless in cope of employment” and cannot have any contact with Jennifer Clark.

The conditions also note that Robert Clark “has also been ordered by his chain of command to have no contact” with Jennifer Clark.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT