Man in his underwear shuts down Houston highway for hours

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HOUSTON – Traffic jams are nothing new to Houston, but this was no ordinary logjam. Houston police were forced to shut down Highway 59 downtown, after a man wearing nothing but a pair of tighty whities perched himself atop an overhead freeway sign.

No, this wasn’t a streaking attempt gone too far. According to police, the man was yelling that he ‘wanted to go back to El Salvador’ and threatened to jump to his death. Police negotiators finally coaxed him down, promising that they would take him there. The nearly naked man shimmied down the pole, and police took him into custody. The bizarre incident snarled traffic for some time.

“We did have US-59 shut down, north and southbound for almost two hours,” said HFD deputy chief Blake White.

The good news is, the guy wasn’t hurt, and hopefully will get some help for whatever caused his breakdown on Highway 59.

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