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6-hour standoff w/ man on O.C. traffic light

July 23, 2010 12:42:16 AM PDT
A man is in a psychiatric hospital after a nearly six-hour standoff with police in Santa Ana on Thursday.Brian Ortega, 22, climbed to the top of a traffic light on Bristol Street and Segerstrom Avenue. He was seen shaking the pole and flailing his hands in the air, and wouldn't come down.

The incident stirred up quite a commotion, as a huge crowd gathered to watch, and traffic slowed to a crawl.

Officers tried to talk him down, and eventually, his grandfather was able to do so.

Ortega's family told police he had not slept in two days since being released from psychiatric care and was taking large amounts of antihistamines.


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