Fort Yukon magistrate charged with DUI

Feb 03, 2013 -- 5:31pm


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fort Yukon's only judicial officer has been charged with driving under the influence. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says Magistrate Demetrie Alexander will remain at work. However, the court system has replaced his criminal caseload with civil cases. Alexander was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Dec. 20 in the Yukon River community of 600 people. Criminal charges of driving under the influence and refusing to take a chemical alcohol test followed on Dec. 31. The Fort Yukon police officer who arrested Alexander wrote in the criminal complaint that he saw the magistrate's gray truck being driven on the wrong side of the road. Alexander is the only court employee in Fort Yukon. His criminal cases are being transferred to the court in Nenana.

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