On Aug. 19 at 1:55 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at 4th Street in response to a report of a person walking on the freeway swinging his arms.
Officers arrived and found the subject walking along the embankment of the freeway. Officers attempted to make contact with the subject and the subject suddenly ran north across the eastbound lanes of the freeway.
The subject climbed over the center divider and began walking eastbound in the westbound lanes of traffic. Officers began coordinating the closure of the westbound lanes of traffic when the subject threw an unknown hard object at a vehicle traveling westbound on Interstate 10.
Officers were able to shut down the freeway to safely approach the subject. Officers approached the subject, who began running up the freeway off ramp at Lincoln Boulevard, where he was met by additional officers.
The subject was taken into custody without incident. Officer were able to identify the subject as Rigoberto Cruz, 37, a transient from Santa Monica.
Cruz was booked for throwing a substance at a vehicle on a highway and willfully resisting, delaying or obstructing a peace officer. Bail was set at $10,000.
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