LOS ANGELES (CBS) —A driver in a red Mercedes Benz convertible was among the first to drive on the newly reopened San Diego (405) Freeway.

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The man, seen waving at our chopper (Sky9) overhead, reportedly went through barricades to get on the southbound freeway at Skirball, but was not stopped by the California Highway Patrol.

There was another man who went through barricades to get on the freeway — a skateboarder who shot video of him racing down the 405 at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.

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Bryan McGee took advantage of the empty 405 Freeway and rode his skateboard down the 405 Freeway. With a camera mounted to his helmet, he captured his joyride on video as he raced past construction crews. (credit: Noel Kleinman/UGC/CBS)

Bryan McGee took advantage of the empty roadway this weekend to take a joyride through the Sepulveda Pass.

With a camera mounted to his helmet, McGee raced passed several work crews but says no one stopped him.

Eventually, a California Highway Patrol officer pulled McGee over and warned him not to do it again.

Crews began to open the mainline and some offramps of the freeway just after 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Onramps were scheduled to be the last to open with the freeway expected to be fully functional by 3 p.m.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a news conference Sunday morning to announce that the roadway would reopen some 17 hours ahead of schedule and thanked the people of Los Angeles for their cooperation.

“And yet not enough is said about the people of Los Angeles, when they come together, when they decide that we all have to work together to make something work,” the mayor said.

The much-anticipated 405 closure, labeled by some as “Carmageddon” turned out to be “Carma-heaven” for many as Los Angeles drivers listened to warnings and avoided the westside altogether.

If you are the driver in this story or know him, we want to hear from you! Please contact our Assignment Desk via email at kcbstvassignmentdesk@cbs.com.

Comments (12)
  1. Karen says:

    The 405 needed to be opened in style. HURRAH for the red convertible.

    1. Ben says:

      Stupid Idiot. He typical of those fools who does what he pleases with no regard to anyone or anything but himself.

      1. Nothispanic says:

        Stupid’s set up.

  2. Karen says:

    At least you know he had to be listening to KNX1070 radio – otherwise how would the convertible driver know that the 405 is OPEN!

  3. Everyday Guy says:

    Better than a Smart I mean Dumb car.

  4. Lenny Fisher says:

    Don’t ya just love the smoke being blown up your ass by the Mayor?

    1. Timothy McGarry says:

      That’s the comment of the day. Boy, all the news that’s fit.

  5. TOM says:

    I think there’s smoke in your ass, Lenny.

  6. Tek Soo Wong says:

    Nice ride dude!


  7. Kitle says:

    the 405 is not an interstate highway its a freeway. the 405 doesnt leave california. an interstate highway is a road that crosses state lines like !-5, I-10 , etc. the 405 freeway starts in sylmar and ends in lake forrest. not a very long road. journalist should get an education before being hired.

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