Three taken into custody in Carlton County

Three taken into custody in Carlton County

February 3, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold (2/3/21)

(Carlton County, MN) — Protestors of Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline were told to disperse while three were taken into custody in Carlton County on Monday.

In a press release obtained from the Northern Lights Task Force, on Monday, February 1st at 3:30pm, Tribal officers from the Fond du Lac Police Department and deputies from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of trespassing on the right of way of a construction site in the area of State Highway 210 and Hohensee Road.

Less than one dozen protestors got into a construction area of the pipeline, and one adult male protestor got onto a pipe as it was being lowered into a trench filled with water. Area fire departments were called to the scene including a specialized trench rescue team out of Virginia, MN.

With an ambulance soon to arrive at the scene, two different protestors blocked the medical personnel’s access and were thus arrested. Both protestors reported they were from out of the state and booked into the Carlton County Jail on Misdemeanor charges. 

Later in the night, around 10:30pm, the one remaining suspect, Jeffrey Nichols-Haining, age 31, was taken into custody and seen by paramedics. He will be booked in the Carlton County Jail on Probable Cause Gross Misdemeanor Trespass.