Slow highway driver finally apprehended
A rather bizarre incident on U.S. Highway 218 on Jan. 29 led to a 35-year-old male being transported to the Henry County Health Center and later committed for a mental evaluation, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office received a 911 report at approximately 1:30 p.m. of a white passenger car traveling approximately 5 miles-per-hour near mile marker 43 on Highway 218.
A minute or so later, the dispatch center received another 911 report of the same vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway. A few minutes later, the dispatch center received a third call with the calling party stating they were following the white vehicle with their four-way flashers on in hopes of preventing an accident.
Sheriff’s office personnel arrived on the scene approximately 10 minutes after the original call. Upon the deputy’s arrival, the white vehicle was still traveling southbound on Highway 218 going approximately 2-3 miles-per-hour. A male subject in the vehicle acknowledged the deputy by giving a “thumbs up” sign in the rear view mirror but refused to pull over for the deputy despite the lights and siren being activated in the patrol vehicle.
With the assistance of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, a running roadblock was conducted on the offending vehicle where it was later stopped near exit 40 on Highway 218. Once stopped, the driver of the vehicle refused all verbal commands — such as rolling down his window or shutting off his vehicle. The driver had to be physically removed from the vehicle.
Henry County Ambulance was dispatched to the scene due to the driver not responding to verbal commands and acting ill. Due to the medical issues, authorities are withholding the driver’s identity. Charges are pending.