MANDAN, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Protesters were arrested Wednesday morning after crawling on construction equipment in an attempt to halt production of the Dakota Access pipeline south of Mandan.
When deputies arrived, they found two men bound to construction equipment. The protesters secured their arms around the equipment and then covered their arms with what appears to be a PVC pipe or casting type of material.
Police say they've already arrested two people. A 47-year-old woman from St. Louis, Missouri was arrested for preventing arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and obstruction to a government function.
According to responding deputies the woman was standing on equipment. They instructed her to step down and she refused. The woman is in the custody of the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.
A 25-year-old Cannonball man was arrested for criminal trespass and obstruction to a government function. Deputies removed him from one of the pieces of construction equipment and he is in custody of the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies say a third person that other protesters call "Happy" will also be arrested. Police and firefighters are working to get him off the piece of equipment.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation also says part of Highway 6 is closed because of this incident.
During the temporary closure motorists are advised to use alternate routes, and traffic on ND 6 will be re-directed to other roadways.