Man threatens to jump from I-805 in National City; Blocks traffic for hours

All lanes on highway open

SAN DIEGO - A man threatened to jump from the 43rd Street overpass of Interstate 805 Friday, prompting a nearly six-hour closure of some freeway's lanes before he was taken into custody.

The man was spotted sitting on the overpass with his feet dangling around 7:45 a.m. and the San Diego Police Department's emergency negotiating team was brought in, according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

Police took the man into custody shortly after 2 p.m. and turned him over to California Highway Patrol officers, Cali said. It was unclear if he would be taken to the county's Mental Health Services for an evaluation, or would face charges.

The CHP issued a SigAlert at 8:39 a.m. for the northbound Interstate 805 lanes. The on-ramps from Plaza Boulevard and Sweetwater Road in National City were shut down.

Northbound traffic was diverted to eastbound and westbound state Route 54, then back onto the interstate, according to the CHP.

The southbound lanes and a connector from state Route 15 were closed later and traffic was diverted onto state Route 94, according to Caltrans.

All lanes were reported open at 2:38 p.m., the CHP reported.

Oscar Mendoza was headed to work when he hit the traffic mess. "I had no clue what was going on," Mendoza told 10News. 

"I was supposed to be here at 11:00am, so I usually drive around 10:50, 10:40am to make it, so I got stuck in traffic," Mendoza added. "I didn't know what was the big holdup." 

On any given day, 10News has learned about 200,000 cars are traveling through the area. It was a terrible day to be in one of them. 

Mendoza said it will change when he leaves for work to avoid being late or being fired. He plans to give himself an hour instead of the usual ten or 20 minutes. 

People with suicidal thoughts can get help by calling 888-724-7240, even during the holidays.

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