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Elderly woman drives wrong way on road, almost hits two LaGrange Police Officers

By Melanie Ruberti mruberti@civitasmedia.com

July 22, 2014

A bizarre chain of events lead to the arrest of a local elderly woman Monday.


LaGrange police said around 9:30 p.m., they were called to the West Georgia Tech campus on Orchard Hill Road to help 73-year-old Annie Faye Hamlin find her truck. When they arrived, officers discovered she was disoriented and could not tell them what year it was, her birth date, the make and model of her truck, or how she had gotten to campus.


Officers said they called for an AMR ambulance, but, for unknown reasons, the drivers could not transfer Hamlin for medical treatment. The officers also tried to contact Mrs. Hamlin’s family, but could not reach anyone, so they released her.


According to the report, Mrs. Hamlin got inside her truck, and drove down the wrong side of the road without her headlights on. Officers said as she turned down Orchard Hill Road, she managed to turn on the headlights, but couldn’t maintain her lane. Officers tried to stop Hamlin, but she ignored the blue lights and sirens, almost hitting two other officers who were trying to bring her to a stop.


LaGrange Police said Hamlin finally pulled over in front of Whitesville Road Elementary School, only after another LPD officer positioned his cruiser visibly across the roadway.


According to police, Hamlin said she saw the blue lights, but had never been pulled over before and didn’t think they were for her. Officers transported Mrs. Hamlin to West Georgia Health for medical treatment and towed her truck. They did speak with a family member who said Hamlin had been showing signs of dementia and is blind in her right eye.


Mrs. Hamlin was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, failure to maintain lane, and reckless driving.