Anne Arundel County police officers prevented an elderly man in distress from driving erratically in a Walmart parking lot in Pasadena by boxing in his car using three police cruisers Monday.
Officers in three patrol cars boxed in the SUV by pressing their bumpers against the front and back of the man’s car, effectively pinning the car and stopping its acceleration, police said. The man seemed unaware of the officer’s presence and was later confirmed to be having a medical emergency. He was sent to a local hospital.
“The quick actions by officers clearly prevented potentially serious injuries to the driver and pedestrians in the area,” a police spokesperson wrote in a statement.
Officers arrived at the Walmart at 8107 Richie Highway around 5:45 p.m. Monday for a report of an elderly person crying and appearing to be in distress in their running car. The man appeared to be disoriented and upset and did not respond to officers tapping on his car window.
The man then suddenly accelerated away from the officers and erratically drove through the parking lot where shoppers were walking and barreling toward cement pillars in front of the store entrance. Officers boxed in the car in minutes, and despite the driver pressing on the accelerate and brake, making the engine rev and kicking up smoke, it was unable to move. Officers used a lockout kit and unlocked the man’s door. He was then evaluated for a medical emergency.