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Man sitting on ramp over I-35 surrenders

A man who had been sitting on a ramp over Interstate 35W, forcing the closure of a lane of southbound traffic on the highway surrendered to police shortly before 7:30 p.m.

The unidentified man swung his leg over the ledge at 7:27 p.m. and walked about 50 feet back to a line of squad cars accompanied unhandcuffed by a group of Fort Worth police officers.

Once he got to the squad cars parked on the ramp, standing amid a crowd of officers, he hugged one officer and then put his hands in the air and then on top of a squad car and was frisked and handcuffed.

The man was taken away in a police car.

One lane of southbound traffic on I-35W had been closed as a precautionary measure.

The first call in the case came into police about 4:25 p.m. The caller said a bearded man in bluejean shorts was seated on the bridge that connects southbound I-35W to eastbound Interstate 20, according to the dispatch call log.

Traffic was backed up to almost downtown for more than an hour.