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Arlington highways closed during overpass standoff

A 27-year-old Bedford woman is undergoing a mental examination Monday after she spent nearly five hours talking with Arlington police negotiators while threatening to jump from a freeway overpass.

The woman had parked her car on the ramp leading from Highway 360 to eastbound I-20.

A relative called police at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday to alert police of what the woman intended, said Arlington police spokesman Blake Miller.

Portions of both highways were closed as negotiators talked to the woman, who sat in her car with her two young sons -- ages 2 and 4 -- before voluntarily ending the situation, according to reports.

"She's been taken for a psychiatric evaluation," at John Peter Smith Hospital, Miller said.

The children were taken to a Fort Worth hospital for examination, but no word was available on their condition. Child Protective Services was talking with relatives to determine care of the children, Miller said.

He said the woman was upset by some personal issues, but that police believed the woman never intended to harm the children, but "anything could occur up there," so negotiators handled the incident carefully.

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