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Bail set for driver charged in meth bust on I-94

Justin Hanson

Bail has been set for a meth bust that occurred during the nationwide I-90/94 Challenge held this past weekend.

Law enforcement was alerted that a vehicle was driving erratically on I-94 early Friday morning.

The driver did not immediately respond to efforts by Minnesota State Trooper Isaac Ray to stop him. He exited the Interstate on the Highway 29 exit ramp into Alexandria and attempted to turn before being boxed in by an assisting trooper’s squad car.

The driver, Justin Allen Hanson of Minot, North Dakota, was found to be in possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, in addition to brass knuckles, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson has charged Hanson with two counts of first degree controlled substance crime, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and lesser counts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

Hanson’s bail has been set at $600,000 for unconditional release.

Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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