Man with machete forces I-74 bridge lane closure

Bridge was reopened by 4 a.m. with no injuries

Police responded to reports of a man with a machete walking across the I-74 bridge around 3 a.m. on Oct. 13, 2016.  (Iowa DOT)
Police responded to reports of a man with a machete walking across the I-74 bridge around 3 a.m. on Oct. 13, 2016. (Iowa DOT)

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – A man walking with a machete forced police to restrict traffic on the I-74 Bridge early Thursday morning.

Motorists approaching and crossing the bridge around 3 a.m. on Oct. 13, 2016 spotted the man.

“A number of drivers saw him before we were able to get the interstate shut down,” said Moline Police Lt. Dave Tertipes.

Officers were able to take the man into custody with no injuries and say he never threatened police or the public.

Lt. Tertipes says the man, who was carrying a machete with an approximately 18-inch blade, needs medical treatment which he is now receiving.

Police reopened the restricted bridge access less than an hour later.

“We don’t get cases like this very often,” Lt. Tertipes told KWQC.  “These calls are definitely heart-pumpers.”

 

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