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Judge supports off-campus arrest by NDSU police

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo judge says an agreement that allows North Dakota State University police to issue citations off campus is valid.

The issue was raised by Fargo attorney Charley Sheeley last month when he asked East Central District Judge Thomas Olson to throw out evidence in a DUI arrest made a few blocks from NDSU's downtown campus.

Sheeley argued that the pact between NDSU and the city conflicts with state law and amounts to state taxpayers boosting the city's coffers with money from fines.

Olson ruled that a 2011 state law on interagency cooperation makes the 2006 agreement between NDSU and the city of Fargo legitimate.

The memorandum of understanding allows NDSU police to enforce laws "in the perimeter around campus'' and assist with major crimes on a temporary basis.