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Bismarck School Board member set for trial on obstruction charge

Bismarck School Board member Emily Eckroth has been scheduled for trial for allegedly obstructing officers during a traffic stop last month.

She’s charged with a misdemeanor count of physical obstruction of a government function. Court officials on Wednesday scheduled a one-day jury trial for Dec. 15 at the Burleigh County Courthouse in Bismarck before South Central District Judge Douglas Bahr…. Eckroth is accused of yelling over deputies and refusing commands to stay by a vehicle as she tried to video the officers administering sobriety tests to her husband, Ryan Eckroth, during the traffic stop on Interstate 94 in Bismarck at about 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, according to court documents.

Emily Eckroth was detained for alleged obstruction. Authorities say she urinated in the back of a patrol vehicle and threw a urine-soaked sweater into the ditch, later picking it up after being told she could be cited for littering.

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