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Off-Duty HCSO Corrections Officer Arrested


For Immediate Release: 10/13/23

Off-Duty HCSO Corrections Officer Arrested

Hamilton County, TN – On October 10, 2023, off-duty HCSO Corrections Corporal James Clift was arrested by members of HCSO Investigative and Uniform Services and booked into the Hamilton County Jail and Detention Center.

Sheriff Austin Garrett immediately placed Clift on administrative leave. According to HCSO and Civil Service Guidelines, he will be on leave with pay for fourteen (14) days, after which time his leave will transition to administrative leave without pay.

An investigation is underway by HCSO Internal Affairs as well.

Clift was booked on misdemeanor charges of:

Public intoxication 39-17-310

Inhaling, selling, or possessing glue, paint, gasoline, aerosol, gases, etc. for unlawful purposes 39-17-422

No additional information is available.

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