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Bellevue Toll Bridge reopens

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Posted at 7:17 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 20:06:01-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Bellevue Toll Bridge has reopened following a standoff that lasted nearly 10 hours.

Iowa State Patrol conducted a traffic stop around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The driver slowed down but wouldn't stop, continuing a quarter mile then stopping in the middle of Hwy 370.

The driver, 45-year-old Eric David Kramer of Stanton, MI, put a gun to his head and said he was going to kill himself, authorities say.

Passenger Cristopher Byrd got out of the car, stayed on scene and cooperated with the police.

Police closed down eastbound Mission Avenue at the Bellevue Toll Bridge during the standoff, lasting nearly 8 hours.

Authorities say while it was an inconvenience for the public, they closed the bridge out of abundance of caution and public safety and were unsure what the driver was going to do.

Kramer was arrested peacefully at around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. The bridge reopened at 3:45 p.m.