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Street racing patrols stop hundreds of drivers over the weekend

The State Patrol cracked down in response to July 4 chaos in downtown Minneapolis


Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

A week after a melee saw fireworks being shot at people and buildings in the city's Mill District on the Fourth of July, barricades have gone up to restrict automobile access to S. 2nd St. from roughly Gold Medal Park to the MacPhail Center for Music.

The Minnesota State Patrol stopped hundreds of drivers and arrested scores over the weekend after warning it would clamp down on illegal street racing and violent crime in Minneapolis.

After a night of lawlessness on July 4 that included motorists shooting fireworks at other vehicles, high-rise condos, pedestrians and even first responders in Minneapolis' Mill District, Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner John Harrington said the agency, which includes the State Patrol, would put extra troopers on Minneapolis streets Friday and Saturday nights.

"Our goal was to swell resources to combat street racing and other illegal activity over the weekend. The results generated speak for themselves," said Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol. "Troopers from across Minnesota assisted and are thankful for the local law enforcement support they received while working."


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