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Naked man dancing above freeway taken safely into custody

Above: A nude male was dancing above I-5 traffic on Monday afternoon near Oceanside. Photo via Facebook  

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the time of the incident and additional information from California Highway Patrol.

OCEANSIDE — A naked man dancing on a freeway sign catwalk Monday afternoon near Oceanside was taken into custody and placed into a county mental health facility, authorities said.

No injuries were reported during the event and the man’s name has not been released.

At approximately 3:26 p.m., authorities responded to several calls of a nude male who had accessed a sign attached to the Mission Avenue freeway overcrossing located 3/4 mile from the northbound Oceanside Boulevard exit.

The incident lasted roughly an hour before Oceanside Police Department negotiators were able to bring him safely into custody via ladder truck, according to CHP Officer Mark Latulippe.

California Highway Patrol officers initially closed down both sides of the freeway and redirected northbound rush-hour traffic to the Mission Ave exit.

Latulippe said CHP reopened northbound lanes at about 4:30 p.m. 

WARNING: The video below contains nudity and may be offensive to some viewers.

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