Police arrest man who allegedly climbed down overpass, ran across I-5 near Woodburn
A Hillsboro man faces charges of disorderly conduct and possession of methamphetamine after he allegedly climbed to the outside rail of an Interstate 5 overpass Monday afternoon. The incident caused police to block off northbound lanes between Woodburn and Aurora for about 45 minutes.
Multiple calls to dispatch around 1:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 indicated that a man in an orange jacket was hanging on the outside of the railing of the Crosby Road overpass, near milepost 273, and appeared to be ready to jump.
Oregon State Police handled the freeway closure, which had traffic being diverted off the Woodburn exit, while Marion County Sheriff's Mental Health team contacted the man, who reportedly appeared agitated and was waving his arms around.
According to OSP's report, the man, later identified as 32-year-old Rodolfo Guillermo Cruz-Cruz, eventually left the railing and ran down the overpass abutment to the freeway below. Troopers staged south of the overpass attempted to capture Cruz-Cruz, but he avoided them and crossed the median into the southbound lanes, where there was still traffic. As a result, four or five vehicles abruptly stopped as he ran across the three lanes of the freeway while screaming at police, the report said.
Cruz-Cruz later ran into an adjacent field but was taken into custody. He had no identification and a methamphetamine pipe was located in his pocket.
Cruz-Cruz was treated at Salem Hospital for a head wound that OSP reports was likely from before police contact.
He was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of methamphetamine (under 1 ounce) and failure to appear - bench warrant. He had three warrants for his arrest out of Marion County for third-degree theft, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and second-degree criminal trespass.
Cruz-Cruz was lodged at the Marion County Jail on $237,500 bail.
I-5 northbound lanes reopened by 2:20 p.m.