Police Chase Woman, 76, for Miles—at 10mph

Cops form blockade to catch elderly driver
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 7, 2011 12:27 PM CDT
Police chased an elderly woman for 17 miles.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – British cops spent more than an hour yesterday in hot pursuit of an elderly lady ... who was driving under 10mph. Police pursued Caroline Turner, 76, for 17 miles after she went the wrong way in a traffic circle, the Daily Mail reports. She didn't stop when police turned their lights on, and they had to catch her by creating a roadblock using multiple cars. An officer then dashed up to Turner's window and ran alongside the car. "There’s nothing to discuss. I’m going home," she said.

Instead, she was arrested and spent the night in jail, since officers were concerned about letting her drive home. Now she's been banned from the road for a year and fined $150 for reckless driving and failure to stop for the officers. She says she normally drives carefully: "I am not exonerating myself—my driving was not up to its usual high standards—but there was a lack of good lighting and I went the wrong way," she explains. For now, she'll be catching buses, but "I am planning my re-test already."

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