Standoff over on I-90

Posted at 2:05 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 23:10:17-05

An hours-long standoff on the Thruway has ended peacefully. 

By 6:15pm, emergency crews were clearing the scene near the town of Stafford with an Amherst man in custody.

The I-90 Thruway had been shut down in both directions between the Batavia and Le Roy exits as police dealt with an "emotionally disturbed person."

Officers first received a "Be on the Lookout" call at approximately 1:15p.m. Monday.  After troopers located the vehicle, the man refused to pull over, according to New York State Police. 

The driver eventually pulled onto the side of the road.  Lengthy negotiations ensued with NYS troopers while that stretch of the Thruway remained shut down.

The closure was between the Batavia and Le Roy exits, or exits 48 and 47, but this stretch is now back open.

The driver, believed to be in his early 50's, was taken ambulance to an area hospital for evaluation.

The closure of the Thruway resulted in heavy delays for travelers as the I-90 was closed for hours. 

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