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North Dakota Highway Patrol again uses aircraft to assist Fargo police with traffic enforcement

During the detail, a green laser was used to harass the Highway Patrol aircraft and the Highway Patrol learned that other aircraft were being harassed by a laser as well. The Highway Patrol aircraft was able to pinpoint the location of the laser at an address in West Fargo.

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A Cass County Sheriff's Deputy stops a group of motorcyclists on Friday, May 20, after a North Dakota Highway Patrol airplane flagged their driving habits.
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FARGO — On Saturday, June 25, the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Fargo Police Department conducted an aircraft-assisted traffic enforcement effort that focused on reckless drivers, street racers and fleeing suspects.

It was the second such team effort utilizing a Highway Patrol aircraft to assist law enforcement officers in the Fargo area and more are planned.

During the most recent detail, citations issued included: seven for speeding; six for driving under suspension; five for registration violations; three for exhibition driving; two for right-of-way violations, and two for no insurance violations, according to a report released by the Highway Patrol.

One vehicle fled from law enforcement during the detail and the aircraft was unable to locate the vehicle, the Highway Patrol said.

During the detail, a green laser was used to harass the Highway Patrol aircraft and the Highway Patrol learned that other aircraft were being harassed by a laser as well.

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The Highway Patrol aircraft was able to pinpoint the location of the laser at an address in West Fargo.

West Fargo police went to the residence and interviewed the
occupants and reports will be forwarded to the Federal Aviation Administration for further investigation, the Highway Patrol said.

Related Topics: TRANSPORTATIONNORTH DAKOTA
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