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Vt. protester climbs out of Sacul tree at 2 a.m.

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Hannah Morgan (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) Hannah Morgan (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Lauren Zygmont (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) Lauren Zygmont (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A Vermont woman protesting the Gulf Coast Pipeline finally gave in to authorities at 2 a.m., when she was arrested on three criminal charges.

According to Sheriff Thomas Kerss, two women from New England had tied platforms to trees 60 feet high in the Sacul area, near where workers were beginning construction on the pipeline.

Around 5 p.m., deputies brought a lift vehicle to the area and raised it to one tree, where Lauren Zygmont, 24, of Concord, N.H., surrendered.

The second woman, Hannah Morgan, 24, of Heartland, Vt., harnessed herself to the tree and used pole climbing spikes to climb higher.

Kerss ordered the platform be cut from the tree. A deputy was posted at the base of the tree and Morgan finally climbed down around 2 a.m.

Both women are charged with state-jail felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor B criminal trespass and misdemeanor A resisting arrest.

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