Chico, CA – On Sunday November 26th, 2017 at approximately 8:18 p.m. Chico Police officers were dispatched to the area of the Eaton Road overpass and Highway 99 on the report of a distraught women attempting to jump off the overpass onto the freeway.
Officers responded within seconds of the call and noticed the women holding onto the chain link fence leaning over threatening to jump into oncoming traffic. Officer Damon Selland immediately began negotiating with her in an attempt to prevent her from jumping.
As initial negotiations were occurring, CHP officers immediately shutdown northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 99, and diverted traffic to East Avenue and Garner Road. Chico Fire and Butte County EMS were summoned to assist with the incident.
Negotiations with the women lasted for approximately 35 to 40 minutes; in which several times, she nearly lost her grip and balance which would have caused her to fall onto the freeway. Negotiating officers were able to locate family members to assist with coursing her off the ledge. The negotiations succeeded and the women was later transported to Enloe Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. The entire incident lasted approximately 90 minutes and northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 99 were re-opened immediately.
The Chico Police Department would like to express their gratitude to the California Highway Patrol, Chico Fire, Butte County EMS, and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this incident.