BERKELEY -- A man who ran across Interstate 80 early Sunday morning and jumped into the water at Berkeley Aquatic Park appeared to be having a crisis and was hospitalized for evaluation, police said Monday.

Police briefly shut down lanes of the freeway in both directions just before 6:20 a.m. to search for the man for about 30 minutes after Berkeley police were called to a disturbance near Fourth Street and Hearst Avenue, Officer Jennifer Coats said.

Officers were told the man was running around in some bushes, Coats said. When they tried to contact him, he ran onto the University Avenue off-ramp and onto the freeway. Police then notified the CHP, and after the freeway closed, the man ran back toward Aquatic Park and jumped into the water, Coats said.

A negotiator talked the man out of the water after a lengthy time, and an ambulance took him to a hospital.

Lanes of traffic reopened at 6:24 a.m.

Staff writer Natalie Neysa Alund contributed to this story. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-984-5660 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.



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