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Man fleeing from Marshals stabs self on I-10

Posted at 5:13 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 19:13:37-05

A man fleeing from U.S. Marshals stabbed himself causing Interstate 10 westbound near Ina to shut down briefly Wednesday morning. The interstate has since reopened. 

According to Quentin Mehr of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Marshals were at the Red Roof Inn near Ina and I-10 looking for a fugitive at about 9:40 a.m. They spotted a man who matched the description but he took off running before Marshals could make contact.

Mehr says the man ran onto the freeway, through eastbound lanes, over the median and into westbound lanes, where he was nearly hit by a semi.

The man then pulled out a knife and stabbed himself in the neck before Marshals could get to him. The man is being treated at Banner University Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. 

Mehr says the man, who was not the fugitive Marshals were originally looking for, was carrying a small amount of personal narcotics. 

Mehr says troopers will refer the case to the Pima County Attorney's Office for review and possible charges.