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State drops pending charge against Gladstone mayor

GLADSTONE, N.D. -- The charge against the Gladstone mayor of impersonating a law enforcement officer was dropped by the Stark County state’s attorney on Tuesday.

Mayor Kurt Martin was facing the Class A misdemeanor charge after, according to Stark County Sheriff’s Office reports, he allegedly pulled over a vehicle for speeding Friday evening on the 200 block of Main Street in Gladstone.

State’s Attorney Tom Henning said, as the case stands, it’s one man’s word against another and there is insufficient evidence to proceed with charges against Martin.

According to the sheriff’s report, Martin said the North Dakota Century Code stated he had the right to pull people over, given his title. Chapter 40-08 of the Century Code states that a mayor “may suppress disorder and keep peace. The mayor may exercise within the city limits the powers conferred upon a sheriff to suppress disorder and keep the peace.”

Martin said Tuesday in an interview that he had pulled up next to a pickup that had been speeding throughout the city at a stop sign and told the man driving to slow down.

The Stark County sheriff’s report stated that Martin claimed he was a deputy and that the driver asked Martin for a law enforcement license. Martin said he never said he was a member of law enforcement, but inferred to the man that the Century Code allows him to be a peacekeeper with in the city’s limits.

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