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Man climbs out of moving trailer on Highway 99 to stop driver

The California Highway Patrol is dealing with more and more incidents that require mental health intervention, said Officer Torrey Rodgers.

Posted: Jul 20, 2019 8:05 PM
Updated: Jul 21, 2019 10:04 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. Reports initially came into the California Highway Patrol about a traffic hazard on Highway 99 near Pentz Road on Saturday afternoon.

Some witnesses told the California Highway Patrol that people were seen fighting inside of a moving RV and later were seen on the side of the road. People were concerned and travel slowed down on Highway 99 while the incident progressed.

California Highway Patrol officer Torrey Rodgers told Action News Now that a man and woman were camping in a camper-trailer near Durham-Pentz Road and Highway 99. He explained that the woman, who has a mental health disorder, ended up behind the wheel of the car with the trailer attached.

When the man who was still back in the trailer realized what was happening he crawled on top to get into the car to stop her from driving. The two of them ended up on the side of Highway 99 where the woman was seen dodging traffic while the man tried to catch her.

The CHP and the Butte County Sheriffs Office both showed up to help.

Officer Rodgers told Action News Now that his agency is having to deal with more incidents involving mental health issues that in prior years.

"In the years Ive been doing this our role has changed ... and we are coming across more mental health crises over the last couple of years than we were handling before this," Officer Rodgers continued.

The woman was taken to Butte County Behavioral Health for observation and treatment.

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