Driver in custody after prompting closure of westbound lanes of 101 Freeway in Encino area

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A man who was refusing to cooperate with authorities and prompted the closure of westbound lanes of the 101 Freeway in the Encino area Wednesday morning has been taken into custody, officials said.

California Highway Patrol officials received a call around 9:40 a.m. about a driver having a mental health problem on the highway.

A freeway service patrol responded to the area and found the driver on the right shoulder just west of the 405 Freeway interchange, CHP said in a tweet.

The driver did not exit the vehicle. Though it is unclear if he was making any threats, the driver may have been armed with a screwdriver or a knife, Officer Peter Nicholson told KTLA.

Several CHP units and fire engines were staged near the driver, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

Traffic was backed up for miles in the area during the ordeal, the video showed.

About 11:30 a.m., CHP officials tweeted that the driver was in custody and lanes were expected to reopen after the scene was cleared.

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