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Person detained after standoff that blocked Coquitlam traffic for hours

Lansdowne Drive was closed to traffic for nearly five hours Wednesday, Feb. 23, during peak after-school commute, police eventually detained a person under the Mental Health Act
A Coquitlam RCMP cruiser vehicle at an intersection. | File photo

A main artery in Coquitlam reopened Wednesday night (Feb. 23) after local traffic was stalled in both directions by an active police incident for almost five hours.

This included the peak after-school commute for residents and students.

In the end, one person was detained by Mounties at a home in the 1300-block of Lansdowne Drive in the Eagle Ridge neighbourhood.

RCMP confirms to the Tri-City News the individual was detained under the BC Mental Health Act and the road was fully open to commuters around 4:30 p.m.

No other information has been released at this time.

They were taken with the help of the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT), who were called in under the circumstances that led to the incident at noon yesterday.

Officers received an initial report an alleged break-in was in progress at the residence.

However, the person on the line hung up and police were not able to reconnect with them afterwards.

No suspects were found in the area and there was no forced entry into the house, said Const. Deanna Law on Wednesday.

She also noted police were looking to confirm the well-being of the believed-to-be lone occupant inside.