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UA Fairbanks priest charged with DUI

By Associated Press 1:37 PM March 27, 2014

Father Sean P. Thomson placed on administrative leave following his arrest on a driving under the influence charge

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A 52-year-old Roman Catholic priest who serves in the University of Alaska Fairbanks parish has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest on a driving under the influence charge.

Father Sean P. Thomson also is charged with misdemeanor drug and weapons counts.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1gukD0P) reports Thomson was stopped Monday on the Parks Highway near McKinley Village.

An Alaska State Trooper says in a criminal complaint that he spotted Thomson’s pickup weaving into the oncoming lane.

Trooper Christopher Bitz says Thomson appeared disoriented. He acknowledged having a handgun the truck’s back seat but didn’t mention a second handgun in his pocket.

Bitz says he found a small amount of marijuana in another pocket.

Thompson is free on $5,000 bail.

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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