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Suicide on I-10 Avoided

January 10, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif At about 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, the Blythe Police Department received a call from a motorist reporting a person sitting on the outside of the Interstate 10 pedestrian overcrossing. As police responded a 911 call came in from a male saying he wanted to die, but did not give his location. Blythe Police were able to ping the cell phone call to the area of the pedestrian overcrossing.

When Officers arrived, they found a 23-year-old male sitting on the outside of the catwalk on a sign extension. Officers communicated with the male who admitted he wanted to die by jumping from the overcrossing.

Blythe Police closed eastbound Interstate 10 while a negotiator from the Blythe Police Department spoke to the male. After about 15 minutes of speaking to the negotiator the male agreed to receive help and climbed back over the fence.

The male was detained for a mental health evaluation. The freeway was immediately re-opened.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact Blythe Police Department at 922-6111, or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.

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