Public urination charges dropped for Alaska man

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011

FAIRBANKS — Charges have been dropped against an Alaska man arrested for urinating in public after stopping to help injured victims at the scene of an accident.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Fairbanks city Mayor Jerry Cleworth called Joshua Burks on Monday to apologize for what he said were the “overzealous” actions of the officer who arrested him.

According to online court records, Burks’ guilty plea was withdrawn last week and his friend, Jesse Warwick, was reimbursed the $1,000 he paid to bail out the 30-year-old Burks following his arrest.

Police Chief Laren Zager said the arrest did not violate police policy and the officer did not receive any reprimand.

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