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Carmageddon: Arrest order issued after cyclists, jogger get on 405

July 16, 2011 | 11:54 am

Despite a relatively quiet morning at the 405 Freeway "Carmageddon" construction site, authorities warned Saturday morning that people found on the freeway will be arrested.

California Highway Patrol Officer Charmaine Fajardo said between six and eight cyclists were escorted off the freeway closure area about 10 a.m., and now the current order is to arrest anyone else found in similar situations.

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.

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California Department of Transportation 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.

Both were removed. "It's too dangerous," Miles said.

It was not clear if the jogger with the helmet camera was the man arrested.


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-- Ari Bloomekatz at the Emergency Operations Center in downtown L.A. and Alexandra Zavis in Eagle Rock

Photo: Glenn Greenfield watches the removal of the Mulholland Drive bridge with scarlet macaw Kramer on his shoulder. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times