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Ex-La Crosse cop back behind bars for drinking alcohol

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A former La Crosse police lieutenant who stole drug evidence is back in jail -- this time, for drinking alcohol in violation of his electronic monitoring agreement.

Brian Thomson spent 3 months in jail, and was then put under 3 months of monitoring as part of a probation.

A judge issued a warrant Wednesday for the 44-year-old Thomson, because he wasn't supposed to have alcohol. He'll stay in jail for about two more months.

Last year, he pleaded guilty to attempted illegal narcotics possession, after he was caught making unauthorized visits to the La Crosse Police Department's evidence storage area.

Last August, he was given a bag of fake evidence to process, and he was arrested after taking drugs from that package. A later audit showed that 63 packages of drug evidence were tampered with -- resulting in at least a couple of drug defendants going free.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)