A St. Croix Sheriff’s deputy has been placed on paid leave after he was arrested in Bismarck for intoxidation while in control of a patrol vehicle.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
October 14, 2016
St. Criox, WI – On Wednesday, St. Criox County Sheriff Deputy Ryan D. Fowler, 35, was taken into custody after Bismarck Police in N. Dakota found him passed out around 11:24 p.m. in a patrol vehicle. His blood alcohol concentration was .08, twice the legal limit. Fowler is scheduled for an arraignment court hearing in Burleigh County in N. Dakota on October 31.
Deputy Fowler was among 40 law enforcement officers from Wisconsin and region that were sent to assist the Morton County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in N. Dakota involving public safety and patrol Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) peaceful protests, demonstrations and Native American prayer ceremonies.
So far, the MCSO has generated more than $61,500 in fines resulting from arrests and bonds posted by water protectors and journalists since August with more than 123 arrests.
St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilt’s has confirmed that Deputy Fowler has been place on paid leave while the investigation continues.
Most of the Wisconsin law enforcement officers including state patrol officers and the Dane County Sheriff’s deputies and three supervisors were called back to the state. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office cited that the MCSO wasn’t fully compensating the cost of the deputies and their overtime while in N. Dakota.