Wisconsin Sheriff's Deputy helping with DAPL protests arrested after found passed out in patrol vehicle

Published: Oct. 14, 2016 at 4:22 PM CDT
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A Wisconsin sheriff's deputy who was in North Dakota helping local authorities with Dakota Access Pipeline protests has been arrested.

Bismarck Police say late Wednesday night 35-year-old Ryan D. Fowler was found passed out in a patrol vehicle in a Bismarck hotel parking lot. Fowler was arrested for actual physical control.

Actual physical control is being in immediate control or having the ability to operate the motor vehicle while being under the influence or having a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more.

St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts says Fowler has been placed on paid leave, and the incident is being investigated.

Shilts says he apologizes to the people and law enforcement of North Dakota and added nobody needs this distraction.

Fowler's arraignment is October 31.