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Jul 26, 2013 1:49 AM by Associated Press

Photojournalist arrested at road project protest

WILLITS, Calif. (AP) - The California High Patrol has arrested a news photographer on suspicion of trespassing after he entered state property to take pictures of protesters opposing the construction of a Highway 101 bypass in Mendocino County.

Officer Lacey Heitman says Thursday that Steve Eberhard, a photographer for the Willits News, was arrested Tuesday.

Heitman said the California Department of Transportation allows media access to the construction site if journalists get escorted.

The Willits News says (http://bit.ly/15jzq7g) Eberhard left a message with Caltrans requesting an escort before going to photograph protesters chaining themselves to machinery. He said a CHP officer was instructing him to leave when a second officer handcuffed him.

The newspaper said when an escort is provided, photographers are often refused permission to observe Caltrans work practices in the disputed areas.

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