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Northeast Minnesota man accused of trying to kill mail carrier

Alan Lynn Birt

HOYT LAKES, Minn. — Upset with the U.S. Postal Service, an Iron Range man allegedly crashed his vehicle into a delivery truck with the intent of killing a mail carrier.

Alan Lynn Birt, 56, of Marble, is charged with first-degree assault after authorities said he slammed his pickup truck into a postal vehicle at a speed as high as 80 mph on May 8 in Hoyt Lakes.

A 55-year-old employee was inside the truck at the time of the crash. She was ejected and suffered a life-threatening head injury, including a skull fracture, and four broken ribs, according to a criminal complaint.

After his arrest, Birt admitted he was upset with the Postal Service. He stated that he knew there was a person in the mail truck and that he struck it intentionally.

Birt, who was described as “combative” at the scene, bragged of what he believed to be a successful attempt to kill a “useless” postal employee.

Birt was arraigned Tuesday, May 14, in State District Court in Virginia. His bail was set at $100,000 and he was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

A check of court records reveals only traffic violations on Birt’s records. He remains in the St. Louis County Jail.

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