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Good Samaritan’s car stolen after stopping to help at crash

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A 24-year-old Duluth man was arrested late Saturday night after allegedly crashing the SUV he was driving, and then stealing the vehicle of a passerby who had stopped to help.

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The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that the crash happened about 10:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of Martin Road just north of Duluth, where a road construction project is underway. The SUV apparently was traveling westbound when it left the roadway and struck several large, concrete drain pipes stacked alongside the road awaiting installation. The SUV then rolled and wound up on its roof.

Several passersby stopped to help and watched the driver of the SUV get out of the vehicle and run into nearby woods, the sheriff’s office reported. A short time later the driver of the SUV allegedly returned, stole one of the good Samaritans’ vehicles and fled the scene. The stolen vehicle was stopped about a mile away, near the Sunset Bar & Grill, by a deputy responding to the initial crash; the suspect was arrested without incident.

The man was treated at St. Luke’s hospital for minor injuries, then taken to the St. Louis County Jail pending charges for auto theft and third degree driving under the influence. The News Tribune generally does not name suspects until they are formally changed.

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad and the Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene of the crash.

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