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Joplin police officer Shawn Michael Evans is on paid administrative leaving pending outcome of IA investigation (mug shot JCSO)

A Joplin police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated last week.

Lt. Brian Lewis said, Shawn Michael Evans, 27, was pulled over for the alleged incident on November 3rd at 10:08 p.m. near Fourth Street and Florida Avenue.

When the officer who pulled Evans over realized that he would be dealing with a fellow officer, "the Highway Patrol was called and took over the investigation," Lewis said. 

Evans, who had no prior law enforcement employment before being hired by the Joplin P. D. in December of 2010,  is a patrol officer.

Lewis said Evans was placed on paid administrative leave pending a fact-finding hearing before a city board and the completion of an internal-affairs investigation, "which usually takes between 2 weeks and a month."