Suicidal man disrupts traffic on Interstate 30
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug. 10, 2004 -- State troopers took a 34-year-old man into protective custody and charged him with disorderly conduct shortly after noon Monday after the Sulphur Springs man began walking across both sides of Interstate 30.

At one point officers were forced to close one lane of the highway in order to reduce the risk of an accident, created by motorists being forced to swerve to avoid striking the man who continued to walk toward vehicles, according to reports.

After receiving reports of a man in the roadway, State Trooper Ken Adams responded to the location, spotting the man walking in the westbound lane of traffic.

After the trooper made contact with the man, the subject ran into the center median, stopping at the concrete divider wall, at which time he advised Adams he wanted to kill himself, despite the trooper's efforts to convince the man that "he really didn't want to do that."

The man then proceeded to climb on the divider wall and threw a cell phone at Adams, who began attempting to stop eastbound traffic and called for assistance to shut down the roadway as a safety precaution until the man could be removed.

The man jumped off the divider wall and ran into the inside eastbound lane of traffic , stopping in the road. The trooper continued to advise the man to get out of the road and tried to convince him to walk back to the wall for safety, watching as vehicles swerved to miss the man.

The 32-year-old then walked across the other eastbound lane of traffic to the shoulder of the road to avoid speaking with Adams, who cautiously followed, pleading with the man to stay off the road, the trooper wrote in his reports.

As three other troopers approached in their cars, the man ran back into the traffic lanes. Adams ran after the man on foot, kicked the man's legs out from under him to make him fall, then grabbed him and put him on the ground, where he was handcuffed.

A pat-down revealed a butcher knife concealed in the man's clothing. When Adams asked the man what the knife was for, he told the trooper "that it was to be used on himself, by himself," according to arrest reports.

The man was then placed in Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Crouse's patrol car and taken to the sheriff's office, where he was booked for disorderly conduct and held for evaluation by mental health professionals due to his suicidal tendencies.

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