Police talk jumper down from overpass

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP briefly closed the Trans Canada Highway south of the Silver Bridge Friday afternoon when a man on the pedestrian walkway above the road threatened to commit suicide.

RCMP Spokesperson Cpl. Krista Hobday said a 19-year-old man called police himself just before 1 p.m., saying he was upset and threatening to kill himself.

“That indicates to us that they actually want help,” said Hobday.

The man allowed police to take him into custody without incident. He was transported to hospital for assessment and further treatment if required.

Hobday said he is not the same man who threatened to jump from the same pedestrian overpass in March. That 17-year-old young man did not call police himself; police were instead notified by passing motorists.