Man on fly­over snarls I-35 traf­fic

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

A stand­off be­tween Austin po­lice and a man threat­en­ing to jump off a fly­over bridge closed the north­bound lanes of In­ter­state 35 for more than five hours early Fri­day, snarling traf­fic for miles.

Start­ing about 2 a.m., the fly­over and north­bound I-35 from Ben White Boule­vard to the Wood­ward and Ol­torf ex­its were closed, a po­lice of­fi­cial said.

For sev­eral hours, of­fi­cers on the fly­over tried to ne­go­ti­ate with the man, who was seen hang­ing off the ledge of the south­bound fly­over sev­eral times.

Shortly be­fore 7:30 a.m., the man, who was in his late 30s to early 40s but was not iden­ti­fied, got off the ledge and was es­corted by po­lice to the exit ramp, where he was taken into cus­tody.

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