Woman on mobility scooter takes I-75, gets ride home from troope - WNEM TV 5

Woman on mobility scooter takes I-75, gets ride home from trooper

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(Source: MSP Trooper Jeffrey Devine) (Source: MSP Trooper Jeffrey Devine)
(Source: MSP Trooper Jeffrey Devine) (Source: MSP Trooper Jeffrey Devine)
OGEMAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A Michigan State Police trooper had an unusual stop along I-75 in Ogemaw County - a woman riding a mobility scooter.

Trooper Jeff Devine, from the West Branch Post, told TV5 on July 5 several people called emergency dispatch saying a woman was driving a scooter along I-75.

When he arrived, shortly before 4 p.m., he found the 76-year-old woman about a mile north of Exit 212, driving on the shoulder of the highway.

"Just this sweet lady driving up the side of the freeway like she had nowhere to go and everywhere to go all at the same time," Devine said.

He said he turned on his lights and sounded an air horn several times before she pulled over.

"I had a hard time not laughing because it was something so unusual," Devine said. "We see a lot of crazy things doing this job, but this was a first for me in 23 years for me."

The woman told Devine she had been shopping at the Walmart near Exit 212 and decided it would be safer to take the freeway home instead of riding her scooter through town.

She planned to get off the freeway at Exit 215, about three miles away.

Trooper Devine loaded up the scooter in the back of his patrol vehicle and drove her home, explaining it was illegal to ride a scooter like that on a freeway because it couldn’t maintain the minimum speed limit.

No tickets were issued.

"There was no citation issued even though there is a pedestrian on freeway citation that we can write. That was obviously not the right thing to do," Devine said.

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