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Police stop woman from jumping into Willamette River
A woman was taken into custody Sunday afternoon after acting erratically and appearing ready to jump from the Interstate 5 Boone Bridge over the Willamette River just south of Wilsonville. As of Sunday evening, she was being held for a mental evaluation at a Portland-area hospital.
At approximately 4:09 p.m., reports began coming in of a woman acting erratically in the area of the southbound lanes of I-5 at Boone Bridge. According to police, traffic was briefly closed after a trooper arrived about 20 minutes later and encountered the woman who appeared to be getting ready to jump off the bridge into the Willamette River. The trooper attempted to talk to the woman for a couple minutes.
At about 4:45 p.m., the woman ran toward the northbound lanes and was tackled by the trooper, according to police. With help of other officers, the 47-year-old woman was taken into custody. She was transported to Oregon Health & Science University on a police mental hold.
The freeway was closed until she was taken into custody.
Officers saw the woman drop either a bag or unknown wrapped object off the bridge into the river. A boat patrol checked the area to see if the bag or unknown object could be found to verify what it may contain. At this time, it is not known if anything was found.