01.23.2022 | 8:52 PM | ANAHEIM – A man who was threatening to jump from a bridge over a freeway caused traffic to stall as authorities shut down traffic in the area for hours, Sunday night.
Callers reported the man climbing a light pole and onto the other side of a fence on Harbor Boulevard over the I-5 Freeway around 8:52 PM, according to a CHP incident log.
Authorities tried to coax the man to surrender but he apparently refused to comply prompting a hours long standoff.
Firefighters were on scene with a rapid air cushion, also referred to as a RAC, under the bridge in case the man jumped.
Both directions of the freeway were closed for hours as the incident unfolded but northbound lanes were later opened around 10:30 PM.
As of 1:45 AM Monday morning all southbound lanes of the I-5 Freeway were closed at Harbor Boulevard along with all lanes of Harbor Boulevard over the freeway until further notice while authorities continued try and safely remove the man.