Alaska parish priest Sean P. Thomson broke the law in four different ways last week when he got pulled over for speeding and the trooper discovered that the good shepherd was drunk out of his skull (at three times the legal limit) and in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Also, the padre was carrying two firearms, one of which he allegedly failed to declare when asked.
Thomson was driving a blue 2002 GMC Sierra pickup truck that was weaving, crossing the center line and speeding 79 mph in a 65 zone, trooper Christopher Bitz wrote in the criminal complaint. Bitz said Thomson seemed disoriented and produced a receipt when asked for his vehicle registration.
Asked if he had any weapons, Thomson mentioned a .357 in the back seat but neglected to mention a 9mm pistol in his back pocket, Bitz said. Thomson had a bag with a small quantity of marijuana in the pocket of his hoodie sweatshirt. …
Thomson registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.247 on a handheld preliminary breath alcohol test machine. … Thomson refused to take a more-accurate Datamaster test because “(he) said he was drunk and did not feel the test was necessary,” Bitz said.
The priest was charged with a DUI, refusal to take to a chemical alcohol test, drugs misconduct, and two counts of weapons misconduct (one for possessing a firearm while intoxicated and another for failure to promptly tell the officer he was carrying a gun).
God’s representative on Earth pleaded not guilty during his initial court appearance and is a free man on bail of $5,000. His church has temporarily suspended him from his priestly duties.