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CHP: Suicidal Rio Dell Man Transported to Sempervirens After Six Hour-Long Standoff with Law Enforcement



California Highway Patrol press release: 

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the California Highway Patrol received a call of a male subject standing in the lanes of US 101 near the Davis Street overcrossing.

At approximately 7:11 p.m., 52 year old Ronald Scaife, of Rio Dell, was standing in the slow lane on northbound US-101 while oncoming traffic approached.  Rio Dell Police Department was first on scene.  Scaife ran up the hill and began to scale the Davis Street overcrossing fence.  CHP Officers arrived on scene and requested a negotiator assist with talking Scaife off the fence. Mental Health and Humboldt County Sheriff negotiators arrived on scene. US 101 was impacted for a short time as northbound traffic was diverted into Scotia.

Negotiations continued until approximately 1:10 am. At this time Scaife was unable to hold onto the fence any longer and requested medical assistance.  He scaled the fence to safety with help of several negotiators and Officers.  Scaife was then transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital for medical treatment prior to receiving psychological treatment at Sempervirens. 

The California Highway Patrol would like to take this time to thank the following agencies for ensuring a safe recovery of Mr. Scaife: Rio Dell Police Department, Fendale Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, Humboldt County Mental Health, Rio Dell Volunteer Fire Department, City ambulance and the California Department of Transportation. 


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