Deputies help confused driver get fed, home

Cary Ashby • Feb 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Huron County sheriff's deputies assisted a confused elderly driver Thursday by making sure she got fed and made arrangements for her to get home.

Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 12:46 p.m. about an erratic driver on Ohio 18 near Chenango and Vesta roads in Clarksfield Township.

"The reported vehicle was all over the road and about caused a couple head-on collisions," Maj. Greg Englund said.

Sgt. Todd Corbin and Deputy Randy Chase responded. They located the 81-year-old woman driving on Ohio 18 near Arcade Road in Townsend Township.

At one point, she passed one deputy's cruiser "going the same way," Englund said.

Deputies determined the woman lived in Avon Lake.

"They were able to get the vehicle stopped," Englund said. "She drove to an assisted living (facility) that she will be living in starting March 1. When she pulled out, she went the wrong way and ended up near Norwalk."

A deputy brought her to the station and made arrangements for a relative to pick her up.

"She said she was hungry," Englund said.

Corbin went to McDonald's and bought a hamburger and iced tea for the woman.

"He pulled the money right out of his wallet," Englund said.

While waiting for a relative to come get her, the woman completed a driver's license re-examination form, which will be forwarded to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

"Before she can drive again, she has to pass that test," Englund said.

"We talked to (one of) the relatives," he said. "He thanked us for getting her to safety. I'm just glad we were able to get her some help."

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