Athens cop confiscates elderly driver's license

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens-Clarke County police officer on Monday confiscated the license of an 85-year-old Athens woman after he stopped her for driving erratically on the Athens Perimeter.


The woman caught the officer’s attention because she was driving in the passing lane at about 25 mph, police said.

Her car continued to weave and veer onto the grassy median for several miles even with the officer following with his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren turned on, according to police.

After she finally stopped, the woman told the officer that she was trying to find her doctor’s office on the opposite side of the county, police said.

She asked the officer what time it was and was relieved that it was earlier than she thought because it meant she could still make her appointment, police said.

The officer decided to confiscate the woman’s license because she posed a possible threat to herself and others, police said. He wrote in an incident report that he planned to contact the Department of Driver Services to request that the woman be reevaluated for her ability to safely drive.

The officer contacted the woman’s daughter, who the officer said seemed appreciative of his actions.



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