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UPDATE: Reader Describes Scene Of Man Clinging to Sign On I-580 Friday

I-580 was closed for 45 minutes at 150th Avenue Friday until police were able to get the man down.

Eastbound Interstate Highway 580 closed for about 45 minutes Friday evening near 150th Avenue in San Leandro while emergency crews got a man off the sign that overhands the exit, CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said.

The man was taken into custody without incident and the highway was reopened by about 7:15 p.m., Caggiano said.

A Patch reader posted this account of the incident:

"It was crazy. The guy would sit on the sill at the bottom of the sign. Then get up and stagger around, throwing his arms up erratically, all the while not falling down. He would go around to the back of the sign and dangle down like an agile monkey. Then pop up on the other side, making his way back to the middle of the sign. It was very much surreal.

We were wondering why it took the police and fire men so long to apprehend him. It was clear that he was not cooperating and did not leave his spot. They may have possibly afraid he would hurt himself or someone else.

Very much surreal."

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aguadecoco Folana March 17, 2012 at 03:16 AM
ahhhhhhh Ken, he was looking for the mens support group~
Tim March 17, 2012 at 04:30 AM
What's the difference between dumb and stupid?
Lary HULS March 17, 2012 at 03:15 PM
This one needs a photo. Glad he wasn't hurt, but it sounds hilarious.
RJ March 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
It was crazy. The guy would sit on the sill at the bottom of the sign. Then get up and stagger around, throwing his arms up erratically, all the while not falling down. He would go around to the back of the sign and dangle down like an agile monkey. Then pop up on the other side, making his way back to the middle of the sign. It was very much surreal. We were wondering why it took the police and fire men so long to apprehend him. It was clear that he was not cooperating and did not leave his spot. They may have possibly afraid he would hurt himself or someone else. The freeway at first did not open. A police officer told us to follow the car in front and turn around, tracking back on the shoulder in reverse direction. We ended up in a traffic mayhem at Fairmount entering it crossing a sidewalk. Very much surreal.
Sharon Slayton March 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
We wouldn't want our oh, so important day to be interrupted by one of our troubled citizens, now would we? People who are holding themselves together during these troubled times are fortunate to have the resources they need to continue on with their "move along, nothing to see here" approach to life. Clearly some others aren't as fortunate.
Ro August 29, 2012 at 03:53 AM
This man is a friend of mine. He is having a difficult time in life right now. He needs support not criticism. He is not stupid or dumb, he is in pain.

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