Police found a juvenile male sitting on top of the pedestrian walkway around midnight Thursday over the Ind. 45/46 bypass, according to Bloomington Police Lt. Mick Williams. But after 30-45 minutes police were able to convince the male to get into a bucket on a Bloomington Fire Department truck.
Several passing motorists called 911 after seeing the juvenile.
According to Williams, the male was distressed over family issues. BPD officers Jake Hunter and Jon Hoffmeister established a rapport with the juvenile. And later Hunter joined a BFD ladder operator in the bucket to assist the juvenile.
The juvenile was taken by IU Health Bloomington ambulance to medical care providers for a mental health evaluation.
The bypass was shut down to traffic while first responders helped the juvenile.
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