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Michelle Turnberg, former TV news anchor, arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

Former TV anchor Michelle Turnberg, who recently took a job with the North Dakota Trade Office, was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving.

Fargo police Sgt. Mark Lykken said Turnberg, 38, of Fargo, was arrested at 11:56 p.m. in the 2700 block of South University Drive after officers found probable cause that she was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Lykken said he couldn't say if Turnberg failed field sobriety tests or what tests were performed.

After her arrest, Turnberg was taken to the Cass County Jail, Lykken said.

"She was treated like everybody else," he said.

Police pulled Turnberg over at 11:34 p.m., dispatch logs say. Lykken said she was stopped because of expired registration tabs on her vehicle.

Police reports didn't indicate where Turnberg was coming from or going to, nor did they say if she had a passenger with her when pulled over, Lykken said.

In January, the North Dakota Trade Office hired Turnberg, a former anchor at KXJB and KVLY, as its communications director.

A phone message left at the Trade Office for Turnberg and the agency's executive director weren't returned on Thursday.

Turnberg, who also was a host at KFGO radio and taught broadcast journalism at Concordia College, has 16 years of experience working with the media.

In a survey of readers by The Forum, Turnberg was voted the area's favorite TV anchor in 2009 and 2010.