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Fight in middle of freeway ties up rush hour traffic

Associated Press

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Two women were charged with disorderly conduct after they stepped out of their car during rush-hour traffic in the Twin Cities and started fighting.

According to police, two women from New Jersey shoved and hit each other after getting out of their car Wednesday night in the center lane of westbound traffic along Interstate 694.

The altercation at 5:20 p.m. tied up traffic for about 20 minutes until authorities broke up the fisticuffs and cleared the lanes.

The women were booked into the Anoka County jail, State Patrol Lt. Mark Peterson said. They were ticketed for disorderly conduct, posted $300 bail each and were scheduled to appear in court next month.

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Peterson said troopers are used to responding to "rolling domestic" confrontations along roadsides — but not in the road.

"The fact that they handled it in the middle of the road makes this one unique," he said. "Obviously, this is not the right way to handle this."

It’s unclear what led to the scuffle, which was recorded by a Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic camera. The women, reached by phone Thursday afternoon, declined to comment to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

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