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Local man charged with vehicle theft, DUI, drugs

A 24-year-old Ketchikan man faces two felony charges and a misdemeanor after police found him unresponsive behind the wheel of a running vehicle Monday.

Tanner K. Butler appeared in district court yesterday on charges of vehicle theft, driving under the influence and misconduct involving a controlled substance.

According to court documents, officers responded to a report of a male slumped over the steering wheel of a white Chevrolet truck with the engine running in The Plaza parking lot. Butler was allegedly unconscious in the driver’s seat with his foot on the brake and the truck in gear. He failed field sobriety tests, and officers found two plastic bags containing what later tested positive as methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Butler was in the process of selling the vehicle and did not have permission from the new owner to take the truck.

Butler’s bail was set at $1,500 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28.

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