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Interstate 805 Reopens After Sign Sitter Surrenders

A man who perched on a San Diego freeway sign for more than eight hours, jamming traffic for miles, has surrendered to authorities.

U-T San Diego says he climbed down a fire truck ladder on Interstate 805 in the Clairemont area shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

His name hasn't been released.


The California Highway Patrol says the man climbed onto a freeway exit sign at around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities shut the southbound lanes and brought in crisis negotiators.

The man had a large piece of paper and authorities say he kept scrawling messages on it, including one claiming that the FBI was trying to kill him and another declaring that he wasn't a pedophile.

Southbound freeway lanes were reopened at about 1:45 a.m.

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