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Suspected freeway tagger arrested

January 12, 2009 | 10:42 am


A juvenile tagger known as "Hanging Over Freeways" is believed to have spent a lot of time covering freeway signs with graffiti.

But authorities said that "HOF" vandalized a Harbor Freeway sign (photo above) this weekend -- and got tagged himself.

HOF was arrested Saturday at his Gardena home by deputies assigned to the Transit Services Bureau Special Problems Unit, officials said. L.A. County Sheriff's Sgt. Augie Pando said the tagger caused an extreme safety hazard for motorists navigating the northbound 405 Freeway to the northbound 110 Freeway.

According to Caltrans, officials will have to deploy a special crew to close the freeway interchange, two lanes at a time, for four hours to clean up HOF's latest scrawl.

HOF was released to his parents from juvenile hall Sunday night, officials said. Pando said the juvenile was fitted with a GPS-enabled monitoring device.

--Richard Winton

Photo credit : L.A. County Sheriff's Department