CHP officer injured detaining S.F. Bay Bridge pedestrian

SAN FRANCISCO — A California Highway Patrol officer was hurt while detaining a man found walking Wednesday against Bay Bridge upper-deck mid-span traffic, authorities said.

At 7:24 p.m., the CHP received reports of the male walking eastbound toward Treasure Island in the north-most or No. 5 westbound I-80 lane of the bridge’s western span, CHP Officer Mark Andrews said.

When an officer arrived, he found the man and issued commands to stop. When the man did not respond, the officer approached him and an altercation happened.

Seconds later, several people Andrews identified only as Good Samaritans got out of another vehicle and began helping the officer detain the man.

All westbound I-80 lanes were briefly blocked by the incident but the CHP did not issue a Sig-alert. By 8 p.m., only the bridge’s No. 5 remained closed.

The CHP officer sustained an injury, but its severity was not immediately available, Andrews said. There was no word on any injuries the pedestrian might have sustained, but an ambulance was dispatched to the scene. There was no word of damage to the bridge or associated vehicles.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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Author: George Kelly, Aldo Toledo