Police, witnesses: Man climbs highway sign, stopping traffic

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 6, 2016 at 11:21 a.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police and witnesses say a man climbed atop a road sign along a major highway and stayed there for two hours, moving from side to side and dangling his feet as drivers below faced a long delay.

Metro Nashville Police closed part of Interstate 65 about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police later charged 46-year-old William Walters with disorderly conduct and obstructing a roadway.

Police say in a statement that negotiator Cedric Connolly eventually persuaded Waters to come down from the sign.

Local media outlets report that the road closure, which lasted through much of rush hour, caused major traffic delays in the downtown area.

Police say that along with charges, Walters will undergo a mental health evaluation.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast