Mountain Valley pipeline protestor arrested in Montgomery County

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Authorities arrested a Mountain Valley pipeline protestor Thursday afternoon after refusing to move from the pipeline right-of-way.

Virginia State Police identified the protester as Evin Tyler Ugur, 22, of Worcester, MA who now faces one misdemeanor count of obstructing the right of passage of another and one count of obstruction of justice.

State Police responded to Cove Hollow Road on Thursday, July 18 at 12:50 p.m., after receiving reports of several protesters trespassing on the Mountain Valley Pipeline easement.

Ugur was attached to a device buried in the ground using a common protest device called a "sleeping dragon."

According to State Police, authorities made repeated attempts requesting Ugur to voluntarily release himself from the device and offered medical service. Ugur refused all requests.

State Police said specially-trained personnel with were able to free Ugur from the device just after 5:00 p.m.; and safely removed the “sleeping dragon” devices.

WDBJ7 spoke with the protester on Thursday, where Ugur identified as Violet.

Ugur is currently being held on a $2500 secured bond by the Montgomery County Magistrate and has been banned from all pipeline property.