A quite elderly California man Friday set out to drive from his home in Vacaville to a location near Sacramento – a 48 minute drive.
But later in the day the 88 year old motorist found himself on the right shoulder of I-5 near Canyonville, Oregon – out of gas, dead battery and a dead cell phone. A 45 mile jaunt had become a seven hour odyssey for what was obviously a very disoriented gentleman.
Oregon State Trooper Jeff Allison spotted the white chevy van on the northbound shoulder of I-5 just south Canyonville. He pulled over to check on the welfare of anyone inside. He found the elderly man in the drivers seat who told him that he had just called his daughter who was coming to help. When asked where his daughter lived, he said, “San Jose.” Trooper Allison said the man had no idea that he was in Oregon and when told of his location the man couldn’t believe it.
A quick check with California authorities confirmed that the man and his vehicle had been reported missing by his very worried family. Upon contact with them, Sgt Allison helped them arrange a tow for the gentleman’s van and a room for him at a Medford motel. They said they would drive up Saturday to pick him up along with the van. And with that Sgt. Allison transported the gentleman back to Medford where he bought the man dinner, after which he took him to his motel and no doubt reminded him to stay put, because his family would be there in the morning to take him home.