State mulls legality of trooper from Thailand

State mulls legality of trooper from Thailand - whnt19, April 12, 2005
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has placed a trooper on administrative leave with pay because he's not a U-S citizen.
Steve Sakearapanee (sak-ar-a-PAHN'ee) has lived in Nashville most of his life but was born in Thailand and never became an American citizen.
He's been a trooper for seven years and has received good evaluations for his work.
But state officials told W-S-M-V T-V of Nashville today that they now are seeking a legal opinion on whether he can carry a gun and patrol state highways.
He passed a background check in 1998 and answered "no" to the question of U-S citizenship on an employment application.
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