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Cass County sheriff's deputy jailed after early morning DUI arrest

Burgess Giple

FARGO — Fargo police arrested a Cass County sheriff's deputy on suspicion of driving under the influence early Sunday, Jan. 6.

Burgess Giple, 40, of West Fargo was arrested about 4 a.m. and was booked into the Cass County Jail, according to the sheriff's office. Along with DUI, he was booked on suspicion of refusing a DUI test.

Giple has worked for the sheriff’s office for less than a year, and he's currently a nonlicensed corrections deputy at the jail.

When arrested, Giple was on administrative leave for a prior incident and was awaiting a hearing on that matter, the sheriff's office said. His DUI arrest will lead to a separate internal investigation by the sheriff’s office.

"In order to maintain the trust of the citizens we serve, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office will strive to be accountable and transparent in these types of situations," Sheriff Jesse Jahner said in a statement.

"Although we realize that police officers can make mistakes, they are not above the law and need to maintain professionalism at all times and be held accountable when necessary. I want to thank the Fargo Police officers who investigated this incident while performing their duties in a professional manner."

As of about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Giple was being held at the jail in lieu of $650 bail, jail staff said.