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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A passenger train made an unscheduled stop in Oregon over a woman’s cell phone use and verbal confrontations with other passengers.

Salem police say in a statement that 39-year-old Lakeysha Beard of Tigard was arrested on disorderly conduct charges Sunday afternoon.

Train operators called police and stopped the Amtrak train near Salem after complaints from passengers of Beard allegedly talking loudly and causing problems with others on the train.

Police say she had reportedly been on the phone almost continuously since boarding in Oakland, Calif., even though operators had repeatedly asked riders not to use their cell phones.

When officers arrived Beard had calmed down and left the train with them.

The train resumed its journey after the 20-minute delay.

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