Juneau Police Department officers arrested a man obstructing traffic and acting erratically on Egan Drive Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, 2021. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Juneau Police Department officers arrested a man obstructing traffic and acting erratically on Egan Drive Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, 2021. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Police detain man obstructing traffic on Glacier Highway

The man sustained minor injuries when he was being apprehended Tuesday evening.

A Juneau man may face charges after being apprehended by Juneau Police Department officers for obstructing traffic and injuring an officer, said a JPD spokesperson.

“At about 7:33 p.m., the Juneau Police Department received a report of a male wearing dark clothing, jumping in front of vehicles in the 3400 block of Glacier Highway,” said Lt. Krag Campbell in a news release. “Another caller reported the same male tried getting into a passing vehicle.”

Officers responding to the call located a 28-year-old man, who police did not identify, walking in the northbound lane of Egan Drive, near Bartlett Regional Hospital, Campbell said. The man was agitated, and attempts to get him out of the roadway were unsuccessful.

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“Officers eventually attempted to physically move the man away from oncoming traffic, but he pulled away and went back into the roadway,” Campbell said. “Further attempts to remove the man from the roadway resulted in an altercation in which the man had to be physically restrained in handcuffs. During the incident, one officer sustained minor injuries to their hand and the 28-year-old male sustained a minor injury to the face.”

The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation and held there, Campbell. While the man was not arrested at the time, charges for assault, resisting arrest and obstructing the highway were forwarded to the city attorney’s office.

Campbell also thanked a passerby for their efforts to direct vehicle traffic around police officers.

“We appreciate them recognizing the struggle the officers were in and that while doing so, they weren’t able to keep their surroundings safe,” Campbell said. “The actions of the motorist helped to keep the scene safe while officers performed their duties.”

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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