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Elderly driver stopped going wrong way

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies discovered an elderly woman driving 30 mph under the speed limit without a license Tuesday night while on the wrong side of U.S. 321.
The 87-year-old driver told deputies she had been traveling from Charlotte to Salisbury when she got lost.
After deputies said they noticed around 7:30 p.m. that the woman was traveling north at 35 mph in a southbound lane, they followed behind her while activating their sirens and blue lights.
The roadway’s posted speed limit was 65 mph.
The woman failed to notice officers, a press release said, forcing deputies to cross the median by way of an emergency lane in order to get in front of her vehicle.
The release said deputies slowed traffic and got the woman stopped and turned around near mile marker 30 in Catawba County.
Maiden police assisted Lincoln County deputies at the scene along with Sheriff’s Lieutenant Tim Johnson.
The incident was later handed over to troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Johnson told the Times-News that he was confident she would not be charged in the incident since she had a medical pickup on her license.
“She was just going to the store,” he said.

Deputies were unsure as to how far the woman had been driving on the wrong side of the roadway but said she traveled for at least six miles on U.S. 321.

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