From the Savage Pacer’s August 27th Police Report:
On Aug. 15, police were called to Alan’s Towing on 125th Street because the lot attendant believed an 84-year-old New Brighton woman who was trying to pick up her car didn’t have a valid license. Police discovered she did not have a valid license and actually had a warrant for driving after cancellation. The woman became belligerent and walked away when the officer tried to arrest her. The officer grabbed her left arm to put handcuffs on her and she twisted away, and when the officer did get a handcuff on her, she slipped her hand out of it. A second officer arrived on the scene with smaller handcuffs and the woman was arrested and charged with obstructing the legal process.
Aside from an 84 year old being able to wiggle out of handcuffs, the most interesting part of this story isn’t the fact that this woman has a history of run ins with the law, especially when it comes to her insisting that she continue to drive (and not use her seat belt while she’s at it), but that they are attempting to commit her to a mental care facility in what appears to be a response to her actions above based on the time frame alone.
Based on the information provided in the police report blurb, do you believe that she should be committed for her actions? Do you think that an 84 year old deserves jail time instead? Do you perhaps believe that those who are getting up there in age should not be permitted to drive on principal? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.