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Auburn man arrested after running through traffic on I-80

CHP close freeway in both directions
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - An Auburn man was taken into Placer County Sheriff's Office custody after running through traffic on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near the Foresthill exit around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Local law enforcement closed the freeway in both directions and took the man into custody with the help of a K-9 unit at about 8:45 a.m.

The man - Michael Mora, 40, of Auburn - was not struck by any vehicles during the time he was on the busy stretch of freeway at the Foresthill exit, just north of Auburn, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Officer Nico Bonfilio of the Auburn California Highway Patrol office said the man was suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

The freeway was closed to help ensure the safety of both motorists and the man on I-80, he said. No crashes were reported as vehicles avoided any collision with the man, Bonfilio said.

Witnesses watched as the man, wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, was cornered and then voluntarily dropped to the ground to be handcuffed. At times screaming and struggling, he was later leg-shackled. After the man intentionally hit his head on a patrol car roof, he was also hooded.

Freeway traffic was moving again through Auburn by 9 a.m.  Mora was arrested on charges of being under the influence of drugs and obstructing an officer.