Suicidal woman in custody after I-5 closure

A suicidal woman perched on the edge of an overpass in Golden Hill for more than eight hours today, forced a full freeway closure that created “horrendous” congestion for miles, until she was finally taken into custody by police.

The woman, whose name was not immediately released, was first spotted sitting on the side of the pedestrian bridge over northbound Interstate 5 at Pershing Drive about 1:40 a.m., San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.

As patrol personnel and crisis negotiators tried to talk the woman into getting off the ledge, the California Highway Patrol began diverting traffic away from the scene. Eventually, the state agency completely shut down the freeway.

As the morning commute got under way, congestion turned into gridlock that stretched beyond Sea World to the north and well into the South Bay, CHP public affairs Officer Jesse Udovich said.

Eventually, westbound State Route 94 was stop-and-go from Lemon Grove to downtown San Diego, Interstate 805 was a mess as far away as Otay Mesa and I-8 was heavily backed up through Mission Valley.

“It was horrendous,” Udovich said.

Police were finally able to take the woman into custody shortly before 10 a.m., the officer said. She was then transported to a psychiatric hospital for an evaluation.

Traffic began flowing freely again on all affected roadways a short time later, according to Udovich.

Related posts:

  1. Driver allegedly causing fatal crash with pregnant woman in custody
  2. CV home invasion ‘person of interest’ in custody
  3. Traffic alert issued for I-8 in Mission Valley
  4. Man, woman arrested on suspicion of stealing from fatal accident site
  5. Pregnant woman involved in fatal accident

Short URL:

Posted by on Oct 20, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Rancho Santa Fe water district director resigns after qualifying for ballot
    An announcement by John Ingalls, a 12-year veteran of the Santa Fe Irrigation District board, that he would immediately step down from his seat and not seek a fourth term, means that none of the three open seats on the panel will be contested at the voting booth this November. Ingalls, a Rancho Santa Fe resident who had filed his papers to run for a fourth t […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe resident among seven new trustees joining UC San Diego Foundation Board
    Proactive stewards, higher education advocates and expert financial strategists, UC San Diego Foundation trustees play an important role in cultivating community partnerships and garnering resources to support UC San Diego research, teaching and public service initiatives. Trustees govern the Foundation, including managing net assets totaling $717 million, i […]
  • Rancho Fire District to recognize Fire Prevention Week with two events
    National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11, and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) will host two community events to recognize the annual awareness campaign. The first will be an Open House from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 4 at RSF Fire Station 2, 16930 Four Gee Road in 4S Ranch. Guests will be able to tour the fire station and traini […]