Dot Lake police officer arrested twice within four days

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 9:56 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A Dot Lake man has been arrested twice within four days and is now facing charges for driving under the influence, misconduct involving weapons and impersonation of a public servant.

According to a trooper dispatch, Alaska State Troopers located a vehicle on Nov. 20 at milepost 223 of the Parks Highway that had driven into a snowbank. The vehicle was found still running, in drive with brake lights on and with the driver passed out at the wheel.

Troopers said a handgun was visible on the seat next to the driver’s hand; they also said the driver showed signs of intoxication and impairment. Troopers identified the driver as 32-year-old Morgan Thompson of Dot Lake. Thompson was arrested for DUI and MIW; he was later released after being issued a summons for the charges, according to the dispatch.

On Nov. 23, troopers responded to a call from two men who claimed a man, who identified himself as a law enforcement officer, rammed his vehicle and pointed a gun at the men. The man, later identified as Thompson, then allegedly called troopers, saying he was a law enforcement officer and told them he was following a vehicle. A trooper dispatch says they told Thompson to stop following the vehicle, but Thompson reportedly continued. Troopers in Tok then responded to the scene.

Thompson, who is employed as a Tribal Police Officer in Dot Lake, was determined by AST to have been under the influence of a controlled substance; he was then arrested for impersonating a public servant, DUI, MIW and assault, resulting in two arrests in four days.

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