Tacoma I-5 traffic jam Monday was result of scuffle between trooper, man on freeway

A man trying to stop traffic on Interstate 5 in Tacoma Monday morning blocked southbound lanes for a half hour and injured a trooper during a scuffle, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Several drivers called 911 about 7:55 a.m. to report a man holding an orange cone and trying to stop traffic near East McKinley Way.

Troopers responded to the area but the man ignored commands and tried to run across the freeway.

A trooper who tried to grab the man sustained minor injuries during a scuffle that ended with the man being shocked with a stun gun.

The man was taken into custody.

All southbound I-5 lanes in the area were blocked until 8:30 a.m., as was the off-ramp to City Center.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.