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Demoted U.S. marshal faces 2nd DUI charge

A federal marshal who was transferred from Fargo, N.D. to Phoenix did not show up for his new gig and was found drunk at the wheel in Texas, authorities say.

A chief deputy federal marshal who was demoted and suspended after a drunken driving arrest and a hit-and-run crash here has been placed on “enforced leave” after another alcohol-related incident in Texas, his former boss says.

Terry Fred, 46, was demoted and given a 30-day unpaid suspension by a disciplinary review panel in January, said North Dakota U.S. Marshal Dave Carpenter, in Fargo.

Fred was transferred to Phoenix and was to report there after his suspension expired, but he was arrested in Carrollton, Texas, in February on another drunken driving charge, Carpenter said.

“He was intoxicated, behind the wheel of a vehicle that was parked and running,” Carpenter said.

Fred, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service, has been placed on “enforced leave with pay,” while the agency’s Internal Affairs division in Washington investigates the matter, Carpenter said.

“It looks pretty rocky for him,” Carpenter said Monday.

Fred does not have a listed telephone number in the Phoenix or Fargo areas and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fargo police arrested Fred in February 2006 for drunken driving and leaving the scene of a crash that involved property damage. Authorities said Fred was driving a government-owned sport utility vehicle. He was stopped by police for having a non-working headlight.

Fred initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in Fargo but changed his plea to guilty and was fined and given a suspended sentence, Carpenter said.

Fred was placed on paid administrative leave from the Marshals Service during the investigation into the Fargo incidents, Carpenter said.

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