Alaska court guard fired for pre-shift drinking

Posted: Sunday, January 30, 2011

FAIRBANKS — A retired Alaska State Trooper from Fairbanks with a history of alcohol violations was fired from his job as a guard at a federal courthouse after an anonymous tipster warned police he had visited a bar before his shift began.

The Daily News-Miner reports that Fairbanks police officers found 63-year-old John T. Preshaw Jr. with alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and watery eyes.

Preshaw was charged with fourth-degree weapons misconduct after he denied drinking, refused a breath test and had trouble dialing a phone to call his supervisor.

In June 2009, Preshaw’s trooper career and job as a security guard were cited to establish his credibility during his testimony as a defense witness for a Fairbanks woman who ran over a 4-year-old boy.

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