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Alaska Priest Arrested for Drugs, Booze, and Guns

After failing a roadside sobriety test, Father Sean P. Thomson failed to mention to police that he was packing heat and carrying a bag of weed.



By Victoria Kim


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Drugs, booze, and guns were the unholy trinity that landed a University of Alaska, Fairbanks parish priest in jail last week.

Father Sean P. Thomson, 52, was pulled over last Monday night after Alaska State Troopers noticed his pickup truck speeding and weaving on a rural highway. When asked for his vehicle registration, a visibly disoriented Thomson gave the trooper a receipt instead. 

After a handheld breath alcohol test, he was found to have a breath-alcohol content of 0.247, three times the 0.08 legal limit. He later refused to take a more accurate test at the trooper post because “[he] said he was drunk and did not feel the test was necessary,” according to trooper Christopher Bitz, who filed the criminal complaint against Thomson last Tuesday.

To make matters worse, Thomson failed to mention that he had a 9mm handgun in his back pocket as well as a small bag of marijuana. He did, however, mention the .357-caliber handgun in the back of his truck.

Thomson was arrested and charged with a DUI, refusal to take a chemical alcohol test, drugs misconduct, and two counts of weapons misconduct for possessing a firearm while intoxicated and failing to inform troopers he was carrying a weapon, according to the complaint.

At his initial court hearing, Thomson pleaded not guilty and has since been released on $5,000 bail. Although he still retains his post as a priest with the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, Thomson has since been placed on administrative leave.

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