Man on Benicia Bridge taken into custody, lanes remain closed while device investigated

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A man who shutdown the southbound lanes of I-680 of the Benicia Bridge for nearly two hours was detained Friday night California Highway Patrol officials said. 

The male subject was initially thought to be a jumper, according to CHP Contra Costa before it became clear he claimed to have a suspicious package. A sig-alert on the incident was issued at 7:35 p.m.

At 8:27 p.m., CHP officers were not able to get close to him for cautionary reasons, CHP Officer Erica Tatum said. %INLINE%

While the man is in custody there is still no estimated time to reopen the roadway as CHP awaits an explosive ordinance device team to inspect whether or not a bomb exists. 

Tatum said negotiators were brought to the scene. 

Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes and to avoid the area. 

 Bay City News contributed to this report