Arrests made after protestors bind themselves to construction equipment

By Ben Smith | bsmith@kxnet.com

Published 08/31 2016 10:58AM

Updated 08/31 2016 10:59AM

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 There have been two arrests of people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline prompting authorities to close Highway 6 in Morton County.
The Morton County Sheriffs Dept. responded to a call this morning about 20 people crawling on construction equipment on the west side of highway 6.
The call came in around 7:20 a.m.
When officers arrived, two protestors had bound themselves to equipment using what appeared to be PVC pipe.
16 officers responded to the scene.
The Mandan Rural Fire Department was called in to help deputies remove a protestor who was then arrested.
Another was standing on, but not connected to the equipment.
She was arrested for disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
The sheriffs dept. has closed highway 6 between Junction 138 A and highway 21 and is asking people to avoid that area.
Authorities are temporarily allowing traffic to flow through the barricade on 1806.

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