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Forum News Service, Published January 10 2014

Intoxicated man removed from Amtrak train in Larimore

LARIMORE, N.D. - A westbound Amtrak Empire Builder passenger train was stopped shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday in Larimore, and a Grand Forks County sheriff’s deputy was there to greet it.

The train had left Grand Forks about a half-hour earlier but had trouble when an intoxicated passenger assaulted two conductors, according to Sheriff Bob Rost.

Conductors and the deputy removed Preston Freeman from the train during the short stop in Larimore before continuing west to Seattle.

Freeman also was wanted on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction, Rost said in a news release. He was taken to the Grand Forks County jail and the investigation continues, Rost said.

Freeman, 29, was charged early last year in Fargo in two incidents, one in which he allegedly resisted a police officer and another of misdemeanor assault.

From 2006 to 2012 he had several misdemeanor charges in the Bismarck area involving drunkenness or disorderly conduct or theft counts. He has lived in Fargo and Jamestown in the past several years, according to state court records.

Larimore is about 30 miles west of Grand Forks. The town formerly had a depot and had regular passenger train service, but a stop there now is rare.