Street racers shut down Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis on Sunday

The incident was reported early Sunday morning; no arrests have been made.
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A group of street racers shut down the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis early Sunday morning as they did doughnuts on Interstate 94. 

State Troopers responded to reports of vehicles racing in the tunnel shortly after 1:30 a.m., Lt. Gordon Shank of the Minnesota State Patrol said.

Minnesota Department of Transportation video from inside the tunnels showed several vehicles lining up to block traffic with some people out of their vehicles, causing a long line to form outside of the tunnel on I-94.

"When troopers arrived, they were able to locate one of the suspected vehicles involved," Shank said. "The driver failed to stop for the trooper’s lights and sirens and attempted to flee from the trooper. In the interest of public safety, the trooper terminated the traffic pursuit."

The State Patrol has made no arrests in connection to the street racing but said it is working to identify the vehicles and drivers involved. 

This is the latest incident of street racing in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities. Last summer and into last fall, Minneapolis police reported a spike in drag racing and vehicles doing burnouts, WCCO said.

On Easter Sunday morning, Burnsville Police said that a young Wisconsin couple was killed when their vehicle was struck by two drivers who were racing.

The resurgence in street racing isn't just limited to the Twin Cities, with the practice being widely reported in other parts of the U.S. over the past year.

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