Man pleads guilty to DUI at Dakota Access oil pipeline protest

The Associated Press

A 24-year-old man is accused of drunken driving and allegedly crashing into an occupied teepee at a Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp in North Dakota.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, photo, Melaine Stoneman, a Lakota Sioux from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and her 5-year-old son, Wigmuke, pose for a photo near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. The teepee is used as a classroom at for children whose parents have come to an encampment to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (AP Photo/James MacPherson).

 

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A 24-year-old man is accused of drunken driving and allegedly crashing into an occupied teepee at a Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp in North Dakota.

Authorities say Bryce Ironhawk of McLaughlin, South Dakota, pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor charges of aggravated reckless driving and driving under the influence.

Officials say a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer clocked Ironhawk driving 113 mph on Highway 1806. Authorities say Ironhawk later drove through the main protest camp area, hitting flag poles and crashing into the teepee.

A man in the teepee declined medical attention.

Officials say Ironhawk had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17, more than double the legal limit, while he drove a Chevy Camaro allegedly stolen in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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