Man who held up traffic on I-94 found dead in jail cell

The 25-year-old blocked I-94 after stealing and crashing a car in March.

A man who hit headlines for holding up traffic on Interstate 94 in west-central Minnesota has been found dead in his jail cell.

The Todd County Sheriff's Office confirmed to GoMN that inmate Brett Huber Jr., 25, of Spearfish, South Dakota, was found in his cell and not breathing on June 9.

He was taken by ambulance to the Long Prairie Hospital before being airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital, where he was pronounced dead two days later.

No details about how he died have been released, but the incident is under investigation.

An obituary on says Huber passed away "in his father's arms surrounded by family."

It also reveals that he previously worked as a page and a legislative aide in the Alaska Senate, and started working earlier this year in Washington D.C. as a staff member for U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan.

"Brett believed in treating others with only the utmost respect and compassion regardless of differences in beliefs or opinions," the obituary said. "He gave when he had nothing, cared when nobody else would and made an unforgettable impression on countless peoples' lives through his loving and joyful heart."

The I-94 incident

Huber was in the news this past March 18, when he was arrested for stopping traffic on I-94 near Alexandria after stealing two cars, crashing them both and trying to evade police by climbing on top of a semi-trailer.

A video of the incident went viral, being viewed on Facebook more than 800,000 times.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the incident on I-94 started at a Dairy Queen in Osakis, where Huber was acting as if on drugs, and a woman entered saying he'd run from the Douglas County Hospital emergency room because "they were trying to get him to go to detox."

After stealing his first car and crashing it, Huber apparently ran barefoot across a frozen pond, entered a nearby garage and stole a van, which he then drove and crashed on I-94.

He had been kept in jail since the incident.

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