Deputies said they thought they were chasing a drunk driver who had stolen a pickup truck.It turns out an elderly woman was behind the wheel of the stolen truck, and investigators said they’re not even sure she knew what she was doing.This started around 4 p.m. Monday when deputies responded to a call of a truck driving recklessly on U.S. 1 in Martin County, Florida.“It was going slow and couldn’t maintain a lane and was running other cars off the road,” said Maj. John Budensiek of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies responded to the area with lights and sirens, but the driver didn’t stop.“The truck was weaving from side to side, never stopped and was going maybe 35 or 40 miles an hour,” said Anthony Webb, a witness.Webb was in the car directly behind this slow-speed chase.He had his phone out and was recording video of the whole thing.“We just assumed it was someone that was totally drunk or high or something,” Webb said.“For about 10 miles, our deputy with lights and sirens followed this vehicle thinking they were behind a DUI driver or drunk driver,” Budensiek said.“A couple of times, it looked like they were going to go clear off the road and wreck in a ditch or whatever but they managed to keep it on the road,” Webb said.As the truck approached Palm Beach County and heavier traffic, deputies said they decided this chase needed to end.They did what’s called a pit maneuver, where the deputies all collide with the truck to stop it from moving.Once the truck was stopped, at least one deputy got out of his cruiser with his gun drawn.That’s when the deputies all realized the driver of the truck was an elderly woman.They said it was clear she wasn’t aware of where she was or what was going on.Investigators later learned the woman was a resident of Brookdale Senior Living in Stuart, Florida.They said she had stolen an employee’s truck from the parking lot.“It wasn’t running, but it was unlocked with the keys readily available,” Budensiek said. “She just fired it up and drove off.”Deputies said no charges will be filed against the woman because they don’t believe the woman knew what she was doing. The owner of the truck also asked that no charges be filed.Fortunately, neither she nor anyone else was injured.“Could have been terrible,” Budensiek said. “Could have been catastrophic for her or anybody driving down the road.”After a quick trip to the hospital to be checked out, the woman was taken back to Brookdale.A spokesperson there released a statement saying, “The safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our top priority. The community will continue to operate in the best interest of our residents in order to help protect their health, privacy and dignity.”

Deputies said they thought they were chasing a drunk driver who had stolen a pickup truck.

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It turns out an elderly woman was behind the wheel of the stolen truck, and investigators said they’re not even sure she knew what she was doing.

This started around 4 p.m. Monday when deputies responded to a call of a truck driving recklessly on U.S. 1 in Martin County, Florida.

“It was going slow and couldn’t maintain a lane and was running other cars off the road,” said Maj. John Budensiek of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the area with lights and sirens, but the driver didn’t stop.

“The truck was weaving from side to side, never stopped and was going maybe 35 or 40 miles an hour,” said Anthony Webb, a witness.

Webb was in the car directly behind this slow-speed chase.

He had his phone out and was recording video of the whole thing.

“We just assumed it was someone that was totally drunk or high or something,” Webb said.

“For about 10 miles, our deputy with lights and sirens followed this vehicle thinking they were behind a DUI driver or drunk driver,” Budensiek said.

“A couple of times, it looked like they were going to go clear off the road and wreck in a ditch or whatever but they managed to keep it on the road,” Webb said.

As the truck approached Palm Beach County and heavier traffic, deputies said they decided this chase needed to end.

They did what’s called a pit maneuver, where the deputies all collide with the truck to stop it from moving.

Once the truck was stopped, at least one deputy got out of his cruiser with his gun drawn.

That’s when the deputies all realized the driver of the truck was an elderly woman.

They said it was clear she wasn’t aware of where she was or what was going on.

Investigators later learned the woman was a resident of Brookdale Senior Living in Stuart, Florida.

They said she had stolen an employee’s truck from the parking lot.

“It wasn’t running, but it was unlocked with the keys readily available,” Budensiek said. “She just fired it up and drove off.”

Deputies said no charges will be filed against the woman because they don’t believe the woman knew what she was doing. The owner of the truck also asked that no charges be filed.

Fortunately, neither she nor anyone else was injured.

“Could have been terrible,” Budensiek said. “Could have been catastrophic for her or anybody driving down the road.”

After a quick trip to the hospital to be checked out, the woman was taken back to Brookdale.

A spokesperson there released a statement saying, “The safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff is our top priority. The community will continue to operate in the best interest of our residents in order to help protect their health, privacy and dignity.”

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