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.
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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