COPY-Second E. Tenn. THP official under investigation

Associated Press - July 30, 2009 10:45 AM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A second Tennessee Highway Patrol supervisor has been named as a suspect in a criminal investigation into misuse of funds.

The Tennessean reports assistant special agent in charge David Brown was placed on administrative leave with pay Friday pending the outcome of the investigation.

Brown, of the East Tennessee Criminal Investigations Division, has been with the Highway Patrol for 23 years.

Brown's boss, special agent in charge Billy Grooms, resigned Friday to avoid being fired.

The THP has not released details of the alleged misuse of funds, but the division regularly handles cash given to confidential informants and recovered from arrests.

Corruption scandals cleared out much of the THP leadership in 2005 and 2006. Gov. Phil Bredesen has vowed to clean up the agency.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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