Wasilla rec director resigns after DUI arrest

ANCHORAGE — Wasilla’s recreational and cultural services director has resigned after being accused of drinking on the job.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1gtyeUE ) John Combs resigned Wednesday. It wasn’t clear at that time whether Combs, who is also a former Palmer mayor, had been arrested or charged.

But Alaska State Troopers, in a Thursday morning dispatch, said Combs was arrested just after midnight Wednesday and charged with driving under the influence. Troopers said Combs’ vehicle was being driven erratically.

City officials have said Combs’ estimated blood-alcohol level was under the legal limit for driving. It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday what led to the arrest.

Before resigning, Combs was suspended by Mayor Verne Rupright after someone reported seeing Combs drink at least three beers at an event Rupright said Combs was working.

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