RIVERDALE -- A 40-year-old man is being evaluated at a local hospital after he threatened to jump off the Riverdale overpass Thursday, causing Interstate 15 to close for several hours.
Riverdale Police Lt. Scott Brenkman said police received a call around 8 a.m. Thursday from a motorist who saw the man near the edge of the overpass on Riverdale Road.
An officer responded and tried to approach the man, Brenkman said, "but he threatened he would either jump off the overpass or he would attack if the officer got any closer."
The officer backed off, and a nearly two-hour negotiation began.
All traffic on I-15 and Riverdale Road was rerouted during the negotiation.
Brenkman said a negotiator spoke with the man, whose identity and city of residence have not been released. The negotiator was able to contact family members, who spoke with the man on the phone.
"They were able to convince him to submit to custody," Brenkman said.
The man did not resist when he was taken into custody and was distraught over personal issues, Brenkman said.
I-15 and Riverdale Road reopened shortly before 10 a.m.
Brenkman said the man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. He said the man could face charges, but that issue had not been determined or discussed.