TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A man is in critical condition after stabbing himself while being pursued by U.S. Marshals in an incident that resulted in a brief closure of westbound Interstate 10 at Orange Grove Road on Wednesday morning, according to a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
DPS Public Information Officer Quentin Mehr said the 25-year-old Tucson man ran from the marshals, who were looking for a fugitive at the Red Roof Inn Tucson North at 4940 W. Ina Road at 9:30 a.m. He ran across the eastbound lanes of I-10 and into the westbound lanes, where he was nearly hit by a tractor-trailer. He used a pocket knife to stab himself in the neck.
He was not the original fugitive being sought by the marshals, Mehr said. However, he allegedly had drugs, so Mehr said he could be taken into custody after he is treated at the hospital.
Authorities have not yet released the suspect's name.
Adam Goldberg, public information officer with the Northwest Fire District, said the man was taken to Banner University Medical Center for treatment of critical injuries. NWFD was dispatched to the scene at 9:42 a.m.
The highway was reopened shortly before 10:30 a.m.