Onlookers thought it was a very low-speed chase down one of Washington's busiest highways, but it was so much more

By Drew Mackie
June 15, 2015 10:30 PM

To onlookers, it looked like an extraordinarily low-speed chase between a Washington State Patrol car and a grandmotherly woman riding a motorized scooter. And while that would be a story were it the case, the actual events are even better.

After hearing reports of a woman riding a mobility scooter down busy State Route 546, in Lynden, Washington, near the U.S.-Canadian border, Trooper Dave Hintz found her and asked her to pull over – not to arrest her but to ask if she needed help. She did. The octogenarian, who was not identified in the KOMO News report of the incident, had strayed four miles off her path and gotten lost.

“I wasn’t trying to stop her. I wasn’t trying to detain her. I was just trying to get her back to her home,” Hintz told KOMO. “I just treated her the way I would’ve wanted somebody to treat my mom.”

Hintz eventually decided to escort the woman home but to allow her to keep on motoring on her scooter – at about 3 miles an hour, down the state highway.

One onlooker even recorded a video of the incident.

More than an hour later, the woman was finally home, and Hintz told the news station he was proud to help.

“Our motto with the State Patrol is ‘Service with Humility,’ ” he said. “This particular case took a little more patience and humility, but I wouldn’t have done it any differently.”