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Patrol sergeant under investigation

Posted July 16, 2010 1:32 p.m. EDT

— A state Highway Patrol sergeant is under investigation for possible misconduct, authorities said Friday.

Sgt. Debra L. Clapp, a supervisor with the Motor Carrier Enforcement unit, has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said.

The Motor Carrier Enforcement unit enforces state and federal laws regulating commercial vehicle operations. Troopers assigned to the unit inspect and weigh commercial trucks and buses to make sure they are in safe operating condition and aren't carrying excessive loads.

Gordon said he couldn't disclose the specifics of the allegations against Clapp or which agency is handling the criminal probe.

Clapp, 49, has worked for the patrol since 1991 and is assigned to a weigh station on Interstate 40/84 near Hillsborough. While on administrative duty, she cannot wear her uniform or carry a badge or gun.