Deputy charged with assault after fracas with his wife in bar, Tenn.

Yolanda Jones
March 30, 2001, Friday, Final Edition
Copyright 2001 The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 30, 2001, Friday, Final Edition

(SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn.) - A sheriff's deputy was charged with domestic violence after getting into a fight with his wife at a Raleigh bar early Thursday.

Deputy Anthony David Sparks, 46, of Bartlett was arrested at 3:40 a.m. after Memphis police were called to Mug's Pub about a disturbance.

When officers arrived, Sparks' wife, Phyllis Sparks, told police her husband pushed her over a chair and that she lost consciousness for a minute after she hit the back of her head on the floor, according to the arrest ticket.

Sparks said when he stood up he knocked over a bar stool and his wife fell over it, but that he did not push her.

Police noted that the couple had been to several bars before ending up at 4396 Old Raleigh LaGrange Road and both were intoxicated, according to the arrest ticket.

Sparks was arrested and charged with assault and public intoxication. His gun was taken by police and he was taken to the Shelby County Jail, where he was released on his own recognizance.

His wife was taken to Methodist Healthcare-North, where she was treated and released.

Shelby County Chief Deputy Don Wright said an officer charged with domestic violence is immediately suspended with pay as an internal investigation is started.

"We take their weapon, their credentials and they have to stay at home until we get to the bottom of what happened," Wright said.

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