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High Speed Chase On 35W After Police Interrupt Drug Deal

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By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two men in a white van took police on a high speed chase down I-35W Friday afternoon after police interrupted a drug deal involving a large amount of heroin.

From his South Minneapolis home, Tom only saw the tail end of the chase as officers took down one of the suspects.

“It was exciting, somewhat exciting, for someone like myself,” Tom said.

Moments before, one of the suspects was sitting on Tom’s front stoop, apparently trying to hide from police.

The chase started at Plymouth Avenue and Sheridan Avenue in North Minneapolis.

“They were driving relatively well for fleeing from the police,” said Inspector Mike Martin of the Minneapolis police.

The van weaved in and out of traffic before it exited on 46th Street. The van clipped another car that was also on the exit ramp.

“Fortunately, the traffic was relatively light on the highway, and they didn’t go in neighborhoods where there were schools,” Martin said.

Both men jumped out of the van in a nearby alley, and both were caught within minutes. Police later identified the men as Eric D. Totten, 31, and Arnelius V. Sneed, 30. Totten was booked with fleeing a police officer and Sneed was booked with fleeing a police officer by a means other than a motor vehicle and loitering.

Police brought in the K-9 officer after the arrest, trying to figure out if the two dropped any evidence.

The chase only lasted about six minutes. As for the passengers in the car that was hit on 46th Street, the damage was minor and no one was hurt

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