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Circuit judge involved in altercation

Posted: June 29, 2010 - 5:20pm

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Faulkner County Circuit Judge David Clark was involved in a minor altercation with a Conway Parks Department employee Monday following an incident near the intersection of Hogan Lane and Prince Street.

According to Conway Police Department reports, Mason Hess, 19, made a derogatory hand gesture toward Clark after the judge, according to Hess’ statement, cut off the Chevy Tahoe Hess was riding in. The police report stated that Clark proceeded to follow Hess to the Victoria Park subdivision where the Tahoe pulled over.

According to Clark’s statement, Hess approached his vehicle, leaned in the window and punched him in the face. Hess stated that Clark pulled to the side of the Tahoe and began yelling profanities at Hess and the driver. Hess said he approached Clark’s vehicle and Clark grabbed at him and pulled him into his vehicle, scratching his right arm. Hess stated that he punched in the direction of Clark in self-defense. Hess reported the driver of the Tahoe got out of the vehicle and pulled him away from Clark. All parties then left the scene.

Clark contacted Conway police with the license plate number of the Tahoe, which was traced to a residence on Bay Hill Drive. Officers made contact with the owner of the vehicle, who stated that her son was driving the Tahoe and would return to the residence with Hess. A short time later, Hess arrived, driving another vehicle and agreed to discuss the incident with officers. The CPD officer questioning Hess wrote in the report that Hess’ speech was slurred slightly. When asked how much he had to drink, Hess stated “four shots,” according to the report. Hess produced a .09 blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) during a breathalyzer test and was arrested for DWI.

While questioning the driver of the Tahoe, who also had arrived at the residence, officers reported smelling a “moderate odor of alcohol.” He admitted to drinking whiskey, and after producing a .11 BAC during a breathalyzer test, was arrested for DWI.

Both men were transported to CPD for processing. After a second set of breath tests, Hess recorded a BAC of .05 and was charged with DUI. The driver of the Tahoe produced a BAC of .09 and was charged with DWI. Both were cited and released to their parents.

According to CPD Public Information Officer Chris Harris, Hess was charged with DUI instead of DWI because he is under 21 years old and his BAC was between .02 and .08 in tests administered at the police department.

No battery charges have been filed. 

Clark and Hess could not be reached for comment. An employee at the Conway Parks Department said she was unsure if Hess was still employed there.

(Staff writer Stephanie Fischer can be reached by e-mail at stephanie.fischer@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1238. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)

 

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lucyducy
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lucyducy 06/29/10 - 09:31 pm
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Hahaha OMG!! Like mother like

Hahaha OMG!! Like mother like sister like sister.

farmsglowfromthefiressetbuythebluecoats
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A 19 year old working for the

A 19 year old working for the city ,there is a problem with human resources . How munch experience could he have had to get that job at his age. I bet you could have found a clean cut sober gentlemen with experience instead of wasteing tax dollars on a drunk.

farmsglowfromthefiressetbuythebluecoats
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Maybe its a democrat thang

Maybe its a democrat thang like Gore its in vogue to be obscene . I dont get how you can operate city equipment with a DWI. Random drug testing ?

dallasfan48
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dallasfan48 06/29/10 - 10:29 pm
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it is just a finger....

this is according the U.S. Supreme Court. So Clark act like a judge and not a 19 year. Remember Clark you were a pain in the ass kid once too.

BearFan4
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BearFan4 06/29/10 - 10:32 pm
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It sounds like Clark needs to

It sounds like Clark needs to grow up and learn to leave things alone instead of making the situation worse. Based on the article, it seems that he followed this kid into a neighborhood. Why be that immature and hotheaded? Especially after the report leads us to believe that Clark started it all by cutting the other car off. Aggressive drivers are on the road, and the best thing to do is let them go on their way and don't make matters worse.

sinnfeinan
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sinnfeinan 06/29/10 - 11:01 pm
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"A 19 year old working for

"A 19 year old working for the city ,there is a problem with human resources ."

Is that the same problem that sends 19 year olds into combat and war zones around the world? I was 18 and 2 days when I went to the Army.

The next time you find your ass stuck in a desert facing death...just say " I am older and will be okay"

Tjernobyl_Child
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Tjernobyl_Child 06/30/10 - 07:56 am
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@ farmsglowfromthefiressetbuythebluecoats

A position as a Parks Department Employee, is not what you might think. All they do is pick up trash, mow the grass, and take money at the boat launch at Beaverfunk....Its the perfect job for a 19yr old working their way through college.

The city should not be blamed for this stupid punks actions. I hope Judge Clark presses charges.

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crypted quill 06/30/10 - 06:28 am
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Bad decisions, Bad judges

"The police report stated that Clark proceeded to follow Hess to the Victoria Park subdivision where the Tahoe pulled over."

Making a bad choice.

"Hess approached his vehicle, leaned in the window and punched him in the face. Hess stated that Clark pulled to the side of the Tahoe and began yelling profanities at Hess and the driver. Hess said he approached Clark’s vehicle and Clark grabbed at him and pulled him into his vehicle, scratching his right arm."

Every decision making process produces a final choice. The immeasurably great 'Road Rage' Judge David Clark. See you in Court..."Here come de judge!"

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen 06/30/10 - 07:06 am
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Judge Clark Blew It!

All Judge Clark did was manage to escalate the situation. The 19 year old was simply showing his one digit IQ. Judge Clark should not have lowered himself to the same IQ level. He didn't have to follow them. He should have let it go. Judge Clark obviously has road rage issues of his own. I think both of them should have to go to anger management classes. Better yet make them go to the same anger management class and make them sit next to each other.

I would expect a circuit court judge to set an example. Unfortunately, Clark set the wrong example.

Judge Clark, you need to step up and admit your stupidity or resign from the bench.

ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 06/30/10 - 07:24 am
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From a judge

I expect better.

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