Sunday, July 16, 2017

Officers Respond to Man in Mental Health Crisis On Top of Sign Pole Above Interstate 5 (Photo)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2017 3:25 PM
Downloadable file: BHU
On Sunday July 16, at 1:55 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report a man that had climbed a sign pole above northbound Interstate 5 at the exit for North Marine Drive.

Officers, including an Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officer and sergeant, responded to the location and began talking with the man who was in a mental health crisis and uncommunicative.

Portland Fire and Rescue firefighters and paramedics 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 and transported by to an area hospital.

Traffic on northbound Interstate 5 at exit 307 was stopped for approximately 30 minutes as officers assisted the man. All lanes of Interstate 5 are now open.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Portland Police Bureau created a video in 2013 titled, "What if You Could Turn Back the Clock on Suicide?" It is available for viewing at

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call 503-963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting

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