Police chase halts morning traffic on vital metro commuter route

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A metro highway vital during this construction season was shut down Friday morning, after a police chase that started when a man in a car pointed a gun at another driver, WCCO reports.

State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson told BringMeTheNews a 911 caller said a male in the passenger seat of another vehicle pointed a gun at them.

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KARE 11 says that call came in around 7:30 a.m., leading to a rush hour chase that started in Shakopee and ended on Highway 169 in Edina, at Bren Road.

Officers made a "high risk" traffic stop at that spot, Nielson said, a tactic where multiple officers have a car's occupants come out one-by-one, rather than having an officer approach the stopped vehicle.

That resulted in southbound traffic being blocked until the situation was resolved. The Star Tribune reports the ensuing backup stretched to Minnetonka Boulevard.

Here's a video from the scene, courtesy of Eric Ahrens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwAH4Z0M9Cw

The suspects did not point or brandish a gun at officers, Nielson said. A firearm was located in the vehicle after a search however.

The passenger was arrested and booked into Hennepin County jail; the driver was released, but could face charges at some point.

That area is already the source of traffic headaches.

Construction on Highway 100, between 36th Street and the connection to I-494, leaves many commuter without a vital travel artery. To get around it, motorists will often choose to hop over to Highway 169 instead – which, Thursday morning, was shut down on the southbound side due to the incident.

Everything was clear a short time later.

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