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Carmageddon: 2 cyclists arrested for riding on closed 405

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Two bicyclists who were riding shirtless on the southbound 405 Freeway near the Wilshire Boulevard exit were arrested, officials said.

The cyclists were cited -- and their bikes were impounded -- around 2:15 p.m., according to a California Highway Patrol spokesperson.

Earlier in the day, about six to eight cyclists were escorted off the freeway closure area.

A 70-year-old jogger was arrested at 9:25 a.m., Fajardo said. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant of public menace, and it was not clear if he was also arrested for being a pedestrian on a freeway.

PHOTOS: 'Carmageddon' closes the 405 Freeway

Caltrans District 7 Director Mike Miles said a few people have tried to get onto the 405, including a jogger wearing a helmet camera and skateboarder who got onto the side of the freeway that was still open in the early hours of the morning.

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-- Ari Bloomekatz

Photo: A cyclist watches construction at the Mulholland Drive bridge. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

 
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