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Man, 86, drives wrong way for 8 miles on busy New York highway

By Mason White 6:36 PM January 7, 2014
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By: John Roberts
An elderly man suffering from a mental illness drove the wrong way on a busy New York highway, according to police reports.

Ramapo Police said that a local 86-year-old man was taken to a hospital for evaluation on Monday, after he was caught driving north on the southbound lanes of Interstate 87.

The man is believed to suffer from dementia and was not charged criminally, police said, adding that he had previously been reported missing.

The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m., when police began receiving reports of a wrong way driver.

The man soon passed a New York State trooper in the southbound lanes, almost hitting the vehicle. The trooper turned around and began to pursue the vehicle.

Police believe that the man was confused and may have entered the Interstate 87 at exit 15 or 15A. From there, he traveled about 8 miles before being detained.

Several cars were forced off the road to avoid a collision.