NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Highway Patrol Interdiction Plus (IP) Trooper Michael Robertson arrested a federal fugitive from justice and a man wanted by state authorities on Tuesday in Cumberland County. IP team member Trooper Michael Loftis also assisted.
At approximately 11:48 a.m. Tuesday morning, Trooper Robertson initiated a traffic stop on a 2011 Hino straight truck for following too closely on Interstate 40 westbound near mile marker 315. The driver Gary Clark, 43, of Capitol Heights, Md., was transporting household goods for All My Sons Moving and Storage out of Knoxville. After conducting a validation check on Clark, it was discovered that he was on federal probation for receiving stolen property by the District of Columbia Superior Court. He was then taken into custody as a fugitive from justice and booked into the Cumberland County Jail.
Meanwhile, it was also discovered that passenger, Carl Barger, Jr., 31, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., had an active warrant out of Knox County for failure to pay child support. He was also arrested.
Clark was also charged with following too close, no medical card and violation of the seat belt and registration law. He has been extradited back to D.C. by the U.S. Marshall’s Service.
Photos of the suspects can be obtained from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
The Interdiction Plus program is a statewide law enforcement initiative led by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Interdiction Plus was initiated in the fall of 2007 and includes almost 300 officers from 115 local law enforcement agencies across Tennessee. These officers are dedicated to the interdiction of all crimes, threats, and hazards. Officers are specially trained to work closely in gathering and sharing criminal information, and “looking beyond the ticket.”
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.