After hours-long standoff, man safely comes down from 101 Freeway sign in Los Angeles

Posted at 5:55 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 20:55:50-05

(KGTV) – A man who climbed a freeway sign in Los Angeles, prompting a standoff with authorities and forcing traffic to a standstill, came down after hours atop the sign Thursday.

It's unclear why the man was on top of the sign at the Mission Road overpass of the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles. He was taken into custody shortly before 6 p.m. after coming down from the sign via a ladder. The freeway is expected to reopen shortly, according to ABC-affiliate KABC.

The man's identity has not been released. KABC reports the man will be taken into protective custody and undergo a medical evaluation.

Rows upon rows of traffic were stopped since about 2:30 p.m. as California Highway Patrol officers tried to coax the man down from the sign. CHP officers said the man appeared distressed, according to KABC.

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