Man spotted in wheelchair on 405 Freeway in West L.A.

A man in a wheelchair was spotted on the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles Saturday night.

The man was unharmed and was arrested by the California Highway Patrol just before midnight.

KTLA-TV Channel 5 video shows a man in a flannel shirt and blue surgical mask moving in a wheelchair on the busy freeway. It initially drives in the slow lane and then switches to a medium lane when the drivers hit the brakes. At one point, a driver drives behind the man with the hazard lights flashing. A videographer can be heard yelling at the man to get off the freeway, but he doesn’t answer.

CHP officers stopped and arrested the man around 11:50 p.m. somewhere near Santa Monica Boulevard, authorities said.

The man was reportedly distraught after attempting to seek services at the Department of Veterans Affairs campus in West Los Angeles, CHP official Gianfranco Pepi said.

When officers questioned the man, he told them he was driving to a homeless shelter in the South Los Angeles area, Pepi said. Officers gave him a ride, but the shelter was closed when they arrived.

Police took the man back to the West Los Angeles area and he was able to receive services from the VA, Pepi said.

The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

CHP officials said the incident was reported as a pedestrian on the highway. Reports of pedestrians on the highway are not uncommon, said CHP officer Alicia Kolter.

“In Southern California, there are many cases of pedestrians walking on the freeway,” Kolter said. “Because this pedestrian was in a wheelchair, something changes, but not much.”

Although police received several calls about the man on the freeway, no traffic accidents were reported, authorities said.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-31/chp-find-man-in-wheelchair-on-405-freeway Man spotted in wheelchair on 405 Freeway in West L.A.

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