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Kenneth Clark

A Baton Rouge police officer arrested Saturday on DWI has been placed on restricted duty and taken off the streets, BRPD spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said Monday.

Officer Ken Clark, 41, remains under an internal investigation by the Baton Rouge Police Department after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, Coppola said. Clark has been a BRPD officer since 2001, and is currently assigned to their uniform patrol division. 

Clark was arrested by the Baker Police Department after officers found him smelling of alcohol and appearing intoxicated while they responded to a crash involving Clark's vehicle, according to his arrest report. Clark was off-duty at the time of the crash.

Clark told officers that he hit the vehicle from behind while traveling north on La. 19  from downtown Baton Rouge, the report says. 

Officers found an open container of Bud Light in the passenger side door of Clark's vehicle and noted that his license plate was expired as of 2017, the report says. 

Clark refused a field sobriety test and later refused blood, breath or urine tests, the report says. 

No one was injured in the wreck, officials said. 

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email or call (225) 388-0369.