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Man wearing only underwear climbs freeway sign

Man causes huge traffic jam in Houston

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HOUSTON – A man wearing only his underwear caused a huge traffic jam Tuesday night after climbing atop a freeway sign near downtown Houston.

The man climbed on the overhead metal signage on Highway 59 and Lamar, near the George R. Brown Convention Center, around 9:30 p.m., prompting Houston police to shut down the freeway in both directions.

According to police, the man kept yelling that he wanted to go back to El Salvador.  Negotiators told the man that if he came down, they would take him there.

That promise coaxed the man down and he was taken into custody.

Police said the man would undergo a psychiatric evaluation.