Two Arrested After Obstruction in St. Louis County
in St. Louis County
Press Release from Northern Lights Task Force:
February 25, 2021 – On February 24, 2021 at approximately 6:18 am, St. Louis County 911 received a report that Line 3 protesters had blocked a road in rural St. Louis County. They were not letting vehicular traffic through. The road is Robinson Road and turns into the Hedbom Forrest Rd as it continues into Aitkin County. This road is used by workers to access the Line 3 pipeline project.
St. Louis County deputies responded and found that an overturned car had been placed in the middle of the road. Two males had locked themselves to devices attached to the underside of the vehicle.
There were approximately 20 other individuals present. Once dispersal orders were given by law enforcement, the larger group complied with officer directions. The two males attached to the vehicle would not self-release.
The two individuals were placed under arrest. The arrest necessitated utilizing special tools to cut them out of the devices. Both were taken into custody without injury and booked into the St. Louis County Jail for obstructing legal process, unlawful assembly, and blocking traffic.
Both individuals were from out of state. The road itself sustained no serious damage, except a small amount of oil spilled when suspects overturned the vehicle.
Danny Brian LeClaire, 28 years old listing his home state as Washington and Micah Lee Carpenter-Lott, age 27, listing a home state of Wyoming were the arrested parties.