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May 24, 2011

Father of ‘Teen Mom’s’ child arrested

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Gary Shirley, father of “Teen Mom” Amber Portwood’s two-year-old daughter, was arrested early Tuesday morning on a Class A misdemeanor driving while suspended.

The arrest was made at 1:34 a.m. by Alexandria police at the intersection of Berry Street and Harrison Street.

Shirley, who co-starred with Portwood on the MTV reality show, was being held at the Madison County Jail on a $3,000 bond, and has since been released.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Alexandria police officer Kyle Williams heard Portwood arguing with Shirley inside a silver Dodge near the Alexandria Police and Fire Dispatch Center.

Williams reported that he observed Portwood leave the vehicle and walk toward an apartment building while continuing to yell at Shirley.

Williams approached the couple to investigate. Both Portwood and Shirley said that everything was fine. Shirley then introduced himself and Portwood as reality stars from MTV’s Teen Mom.

Williams requested both of their licenses, but only Shirley was able to provide his as Portwood said she was waiting for hers from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Williams then did a check on Shirley’s license and found that it was suspended. Williams told Shirley to exit the vehicle and placed him under arrest. According to the report Shirley (listed as 5 feet, 11 inches and weighing 300 pounds) had to be placed in two sets of handcuffs.

A court date of June 1 was set for Shirley in Alexandria City Court.

Contact Sam Brattain: 640-4883,

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