LA avoids feared 'Carmageddon' traffic jam

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles has so far avoided the feared “Carmageddon” of epic traffic jams from the shutdown of a key freeway, but authorities have had to stop people from trying to get onto the closed section of road.

California Highway Patrol Officer Charmaine Fajardo (fuh-HAR’-doh) says a 74-year-old man was arrested Saturday for jogging in the 10-mile segment of Interstate 405 after police told him he couldn’t do so.

Fajardo says a suspected drunken driver was arrested after going around barricades, and one or more bicyclists also were intercepted. She says she’s still trying to pin down details of the cycling incident, but officers now have orders to arrest anyone trying to enter the shuttered freeway.

The 405 segment is closed for 53 hours so crews can partially demolish a bridge.

Daisy Nguyen and John Antczak/The Associated Press