CHP cruiser
California Highway Patrol cruiser. MNLA photo by John Schreiber.

A man who appeared to be covered under a blanket on a bridge above the San Diego (405) Freeway in Inglewood prompting a police response that backed up traffic for almost four hours was in custody Friday.

The CHP received a call at approximately 6:23 p.m. Thursday regarding a man wearing a white shirt and dark pants climbing a metal fence by the bridge near the Manchester Boulevard on-ramp, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball told City News Service.

The man had a “behavioral emergency” prompting him to lie down on the bridge, NBC4 reported.

“The initial call was the man was a jumper,” Kimball said.

There was no further information on the man or why he climbed up to the bridge.

Los Angeles County firefighters were also called to assist in trying to coax the man down.

CHP closed all but one lane of the southbound portion of the freeway in the vicinity of the overpass around 6:40 p.m. and all but one lane of the northbound portion an hour later, causing a traffic snarl.

Traffic was diverted to Manchester and La Cienega boulevards.

All northbound lanes were reopened just after 11 p.m.

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