Members of the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team respond to Sunday afternoon incident that shuts down traffic in the northbound lines of I-5 at the North Marine Drive exit

COURTESY PPB - Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit responded to Sunday's incident.Portland police, including members of the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team, were able to talk a man experiencing a mental health crisis down from a sign pole above I-5 in North Portland on Sunday.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was transported to an area hospital.

Northbound lanes of I-5 were closed for approximately 30 minutes during the incident but subsequently reopened.

According to police, at 1:55 p.m. on July 16, North Precinct officers responded to a report a man had climbed a sign pole above northbound Interstate 5 at the exit for North Marine Drive. Officers, including an ECIT member and sergeant, responded to the location and began talking with the man, who was in a mental health crisis and uncommunicative. The team is part of the Behavioral Health Unit.

Portland Fire and Rescue firefighters and paramedics also responded to the scene.

An ECIT officer spoke with the man for approximately 30 minutes, after which he agreed to come down from the sign pole. Once on the ground, the man was walked to an ambulance for transport to the hospital.

Traffic on northbound Interstate 5 at exit 307 was stopped during the incident but then reopened.

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