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Jury acquits Fort Yukon magistrate on DUI charge

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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 2:58 pm | Updated: 6:40 am, Fri Apr 26, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Fort Yukon's magistrate and sole judicial officer was acquitted on a charge of driving under the influence after a jury trial this week.

Jury selection began Monday for Magistrate Demetrie "Dacho" Alexander at the Fort Yukon courthouse. The jury returned its not guilty verdict Tuesday, according to online court records.

The jury acquitted him on one count of driving under the influence and a second count of refusing to take a chemical alcohol test. Fairbanks District Court Judge Ben Seekins oversaw the trial.

Alexander, 40, was charged Dec. 31 after a Dec. 20 incident in which a Fort Yukon police officer said he saw Alexander driving erratically and later went to the magistrate's house and saw evidence the magistrate had been drinking alcohol.

Fort Yukon is a community of about 600 people on the Yukon River, about 150 miles north of Fairbanks.

 

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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