BISMARCK Nine troopers who have completed basic training at the North Dakota Highway Patrol academy will be stationed in the northwest or Minot region. Fifteen troopers graduated on Friday.
In the northwest region, Troopers Matthew Johnson and Jacob Thoreson are assigned to the motor carrier division in Williston. Troopers Brian Larson, Cameron McCann, Michelle Quiles and Zachary Schwartz are assigned to traffic in Williston. Trooper Eric Rumple is assigned to traffic in Watford City. Trooper Brandon Sola is assigned to traffic in Velva.
Trooper Nevon Heisler is assigned to the northeast region, stationed in Rugby. Upon arriving at their posts, all troopers will participate in a field training program.
Patrol issues DUI citations during fair week
The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported issuing 166 citations, including 13 for driving under the influence, during the North Dakota State Fair from July 18 to 26.
Because of the event and influx of extra vehicle traffic, the Highway Patrol conducted an alcohol saturation, using extra troopers and overtime hours. In addition to the 13 DUI arrests, there were four other citations for alcohol violations. There was one alcohol-related traffic crash that resulted in a fatality.
Minot man arrested following traffic stop
A 40-year-old Minot man was arrested on felony DUI charges early Sunday morning.
According to a Minot Police Department press release, a police officer stopped Michael Stowe for a driving infraction. During the stop it was discovered that Stowe's driver's license was suspended in Minnesota and he had an active warrant in Steele County. Police also discovered that Stowe had allegedly been drinking.
As a result of the police investigation, Stowe was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol - fourth offense, a Class C felony; refusal to submit to a chemical test, fourth offense, also a Class C felony; driving under suspension, a Class B misdemeanor, and the warrant out of Steele County. Stowe was taken to the Ward County Jail.