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Man surrenders after standoff on I-805 transition to I-8 in Mission Valley

Posted at 6:24 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 15:33:08-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A freeway transition ramp in Mission Valley was shut down during the Friday morning commute after a pursuit ended on the roadway and evolved into a standoff with the driver.

At around 5 a.m., authorities received reports of a stalled car on northbound Interstate 805 in the City Heights area, but when officers tried to make contact with the driver, he sped away.

Officers pursued the car from northbound I-805, onto surface streets in City Heights, and then back onto northbound I-805.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver eventually exited at Murray Ridge Road and re-entered the freeway and drove southbound on I-805.

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The driver stopped and abandoned his vehicle on the freeway lanes, fleeing from officers on foot onto the southbound I-805 transition ramp to Interstate 8 before stopping.

A standoff on ensued as the driver slowly made his way down the ramp towards westbound I-8 before stopping and waiting by the railing.

During the nearly three-hour stalemate, the man was seen evading officers by running from one rail to the opposite side or leaning over the railing.

Just before 8 a.m., the man finally surrendered without incident and was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation. He was not immediately identified.

Southbound I-805 just before the transition ramp was closed off due to the standoff but reopened by 8:40 a.m.

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