NEWPORT, Ky. (CBS Local) — A woman driving a mobility scooter the wrong way on a busy Kentucky freeway was pulled over by police officers Monday afternoon.
The woman took the scooter from a local Kroger grocery store, according to police in Newport. She allegedly drove it through a maze of traffic, down the exit ramp and onto Interstate 471, heading northbound in the southbound emergency lane.READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400?
“She was up against the wall, traveling in the emergency lane,” said Lt. Paul Kunkel with the Newport Police Department.
She had made it nearly a mile from the store before she was stopped by officers just south of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge into Cincinnati.
Shopping scooter on the interstate!!! From the- you ain’t gonna believe this – file. Woman takes a shopping scooter from Newport Kroger. Goes North in Southbound emergency lane on 471. Police divert a potential disaster. @WLWT pic.twitter.com/1wS7WJaBPg
— Brian Hamrick (@bhamrick_wlwt) August 26, 2019READ MORE: Michigan Reports 1,526 New COVID-19 Cases, 37 Deaths Friday
The veteran Kunkel said he couldn’t recall a traffic stop like this one.
“In my police career, no. This is unique,” he told WLWT
Police said the woman was suffering from a “mental episode” and taken to a facility “where she could get the help she needed,” WLWT reported.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Are Relief Payments Bad For The Economy?
The grocery scooter, which still had plenty of remaining battery power, was returned to Kroger.