Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Idaho State Police Talk Down Man From Overpass

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Idaho State Police
Region 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 9/6/2011 at 11:35 p.m.
Contact: Sgt. M. Manning

On September 6, 2011, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Idaho State Police responded to a report of a man sitting on the overpass on I15 at milepost 69 (Clark St. Overpass), in Pocatello, ID. Upon arrival, Idaho State Police found Joseph R. Rogers, 38, of Danville, IN, yelling to 'get back.' Southbound lanes of I 15 were closed to protect Rogers. In addition, all lanes of the Clark St. underpass (underneath I15) were closed.

Multiple officers from Pocatello Police Department, Bannock County Sheriff's office and the Bannock County Search and Rescue team responded to assist with road closures.

A Pocatello Police Department Crisis Negotiator arrived at the scene at 9:00 p.m. to assist in keeping communication with Rogers open. Law enforcement was able to safely apprehend Rogers at 10:05 p.m.

Re-opening of the roads began at 10:10 p.m.