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Police: Drug Suspect Threw Cash on Blatnik Bridge

Updated: 07/31/2014 5:10 PM
Created: 07/31/2014 3:14 PM WDIO.com

An alleged drug suspect threw cash out of a car window on the Blatnik Bridge in Superior Thursday morning, bringing all Duluth-bound traffic to a brief standstill while officers picked up the bills.

Investigators from several departments had attempted to arrest the 23-year-old suspect while he was seated in a vehicle in Superior.  Police say he drove through a lawn to escape officers, threw cash out of the window at the base of the Blatnik Bridge (I-535), and continued to Duluth.

Authorities lost sight of the suspect's vehicle at the end of I-535, but he was spotted in Proctor near I-35 and Midway Road and arrested.

The Duluth Police Department says the suspect has been living in both the Twin Ports and Chicago areas and had been selling heroin in the Twin Ports.  The suspect has prior drug and robbery convictions and was out on bail for a heroin conviction.

The suspect is being held at the St. Louis County Jail pending formal charges.

Police say they located about 20 grams of heroin, mostly packaged for sale, as part of their investigation.

The incident brought traffic to a stop for about 15 minutes at around 10 a.m.  Duluth-bound traffic on the Blatnik Bridge is heavier than normal this summer because the Duluth-bound lanes of the only other bridge between the Twin Ports, the Richard I. Bong Bridge (U.S. Highway 2), are closed for rehabilitation.
 

Traffic came to a stop in the Duluth-bound lanes of the Blatnik Bridge on Thursday morning as officers retrieved cash thrown from a vehicle.

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