Bakersfield CHP helps disoriented elderly drivers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Local officers of the Bakersfield Area California Highway Patrol assisted a senior couple early Wednesday in finding their way and reunited them with family members. 

At 1:20 a.m., CHP received a call of an elderly couple who drove up onto a curb at the corner of Fairfax Road and Niles Street, officials said.

CHP officers arrived on scene and made contact with the driver, Mr. John Holloway, 84, and his wife Deeann, 84, of Seal Beach, Ca.  

John Holloway and his wife appeared disoriented and were unsure as to where he was and where they were going. 

CHP officers stayed with the couple until they were able to contact their daughter and son in law of Huntington Beach, Ca, alerting them to the situation. 

The couple suffers from memory loss and dementia and were unsure as to how long they had been traveling.  The couple and their vehicle were transported to the Bakersfield CHP office where they were made comfortable while they waited for their son in law to arrive. 

The CHP advises there will come a time in everyone’s life when we will have to make that important decision to hang up the keys.

CHP offers senior driving classes through the Age Well, Drive Smart Program.  Our goal with this program is to help senior drivers drive more safely.  Questions regarding this program can be directed to Officer Robert Rodriguez at 661-864-4444.   

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