Man dangles from freeway ramp after police chase ends in standoff

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SAN DIEGO -- A man got out of his car and started pacing the freeway after a police chase Friday morning, shutting down traffic for several hours as a bizarre standoff unfolded on Interstate 805.

Police originally spotted the man standing outside of his car on the side of the freeway around 5:15 a.m. When officers pulled up, the man hopped back in his car and took off, driving around 90 mph with police close behind, according to California Highway Patrol.

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Eventually the man stopped and got back out of his car at the I-805 connector ramp to Interstate 8, in the Mission Valley area. Officers blocked all southbound lanes as the man paced back and forth between empty freeway lanes, eventually sitting on a railing of the raised ramp.

Southbound I-805 was reopened around 6:15 a.m., though a long line of cars were stopped from transferring to both east and westbound I-8, as the bridge remained completely closed.

Crisis negotiators could be seen trying to communicate with the man as other officers waited at their vehicles, some with guns drawn.

Authorities inched closer to the man down the westbound ramp, but he continued moving erratically away from them, sometimes running back and forth between each side of the bridge and standing on the ledge. At one point, the man hung by his feet on the ledge and did sit-ups.

Police could be seen circling the ground below.

Finally, the man abruptly stood up and walked toward officers around 8 a.m., appearing to surrender. He was placed in handcuffs and led to the back of a police SUV.

Traffic remained slow through the area but the ramp reopened around 9 a.m. Check live traffic conditions here.

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