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Money thrown onto freeway jams traffic as people stop to collect cash

August 16, 2009 |  5:06 pm

Cash thrown along the 210 Freeway by a 56-year-old man whom authorities described as emotionally disturbed caused a small traffic jam today as drivers pulled over to pick up the bills.

California Highway Patrol officers arrived at the westbound 210 Freeway near Grand Avenue just after noon and found about 10 people outside their cars attempting to pick up the bills, CHP Officer Anthony Martin said.

A short time later, the man who tossed the money walked into the nearby Azusa Police Department headquarters and told officers that he wanted to commit suicide, Lt. Steve Hunt said. Officers determined that the man had been throwing cash out of his vehicle while driving down the freeway.

Los Angeles County fire officials took the man to a hospital for further evaluation, Hunt said. It was unknown how much money the man threw away. Those who stopped to pick up the bills were asked to return the money to Azusa police or to the CHP’s Baldwin Park office.

-- Corina Knoll

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