This woman on her scooter was 4 miles from home and headed the wrong direction when she finally got some help.
Trooper Dave Hintz of the Washington State Patrol was sent to check on an unnamed woman after police had received phone calls about an elderly woman in a motorized scooter meandering down State Route 546. After pulling her over, she told him she'd been out visiting a friend and had gotten lost on the return trip home.
Since it's pretty dangerous to ride a scooter alongside a highway, Hintz offered to take her home, via escort. Her scooter could only go about 6 mph, so it took them over an hour to travel the few miles to her house, with the Trooper trailing in his cop car behind. Hintz told KOMO News:
"I wasn't trying to stop her. I wasn't trying to detain her. I was just trying to get her back to her home. I just treated her the way I would've wanted somebody to treat my mom."
His only other option was calling an ambulance to have her strapped to a board, then find some way for her scooter to be delivered to her later. Instead, he just mapped the route and set out. I admire a man who knows how to cut through bureaucracy!
His fellow Trooper, Mark Francis, told KOMO:
"A lot of people think we're jerks and we're always out there stopping you for speeding or writing a ticket for not wearing a seat belt or stuff like that. But people tend to forget our number one concern is serving the citizens of Washington and more likely than not, our number one priority is making these types of calls for service like changing someone's flat -- or in this case, helping a little old lady get back home who was lost."
Yeah, remember that next time you get pulled over! Your ticket is paying for confused old women to get an escort home. Deal with it.