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Naked man adds drama to the usual rush-hour traffic on 405 Freeway

July 8, 2010 |  6:52 pm

Reports of an unusual rush-hour traffic hazard in Long Beach started piling up at the local California Highway Patrol dispatch center shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday: a naked man was standing in the center divider of the southbound 405 Freeway at Lakewood Boulevard.

“We received the first call at 4:25 p.m. from a person who said there was a man with no clothing on the center divider of the freeway,” said CHP Officer Monica Posada. “Then we got a lot of duplicate calls after that.”

Patrick O’Conner, 21, of Auburn, Calif., was detained about 4:45 p.m. by Long Beach Police Department officers.

“We called out our mental evaluation team and they spoke with him,” said Long Beach police spokeswoman Jackie Bezart. “Ultimately, he was taken into custody and charged with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor.”

-- Louis Sahagun