Cop escorts elderly woman on scooter going 3 mph: ‘Just trying to get her home’

Cop escorts elderly woman on scooter going 3 mph: ‘Just trying to get her home’

lady on scooterA video of a police officer following an elderly woman with his lights flashing is getting a lot of attention, but not because anything bad happened. It was simply a kind state trooper trying to make the best of a weird situation.

KOMO News reports,

“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,” said Trooper Dave Hintz with the Washington State Patrol. “I just treated her the way I would’ve wanted somebody to treat my mom.”

The woman had gone out for coffee in Lynden Tuesday afternoon, but got lost while trying to get home, troopers said. When Hintz caught up with her, she was nearly four miles from her house and continuing to head in the wrong direction.

“It’s a pretty major state route where semis and cars travel,” he added.

Newly-released dash cam video shows Hintz’s interaction with the woman, who has not been identified.

“There’s no license plate. She’s in a little… cart,” Hintz is heard saying over the police radio.

“We’re getting a ton of calls about you,” he says to her, after asking her to pull over. “Everybody’s worried about you because you’ve been on and off the road.”

For several minutes, the woman insists she knows where she is going. At one point, she even pulls out a map. At another, she gets stuck on the side of the road.

“Let’s see if we can get you out of here,” Hintz says to the woman. “Just don’t tip (the scooter),’ she chides him.

It took more than an hour to get the woman back home, with the duo heading down the state highway at about 3 1/2 mph..

The woman can’t walk, troopers said. They could have called an ambulance, but that would have also required finding a way to get the scooter home, too.

Kudos to that kind officer for handling what could have been a very awkward situation. All of us will be senior citizens some day and perhaps unable to drive a car anymore. She probably just needed to get out of the house, and although she probably didn’t choose the best method to do it, the officer resolved everything for the best. Watch the humorous clip below of the officer escorting her, and his dashcam video.


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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