I-65 Reopens; Pedestrian On Sign Charged

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 20:33:39-05

Officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department have reopened the North and South bound lanes of Interstate 65 and charged the man, who caused the road to shut down.

The road was closed at Exit 85 at Rosa Parks Boulevard, 8th Avenue and State Route 12.

Several officers and first responders closed the road around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday because of 46-year-old William Walters.

Walters who had climbed the interstate sign above the roadway. At different times during his stay on the sign, he climbed from side to side or sat on the platform and let his feet dangle above the road.

Officers spent a large amount of time negotiating with the man while up in a bucket lift.

Two hours later, a MNPD offcer and a MNPD negotiator brought  him down from the sign, and opened the roadway just before 6 p.m.

However, in the meantime, traffic became backed up for miles, while drivers tried to find detours. Police have redirected southbound traffic back onto Rosa Parks Blvd. and through town before reopening the lanes.

It was unclear why Walters climbed the sign, but officials said he would be undergoing a mental evaluation.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing a roadway.