WARSAW — Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle along the side of US 30 for several hours, only to find the driver was disoriented from a medical issue. He was initially transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital and later transferred to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Police were notified at at 12:27 p.m. Thursday to check on the welfare of a man seated in a parked Dodge pickup truck on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of US 30, between CR 650W and CR 500W.
Officer Chris Francis responded and found Harry J. West, Jr., 81, Adrian, Mich. West told Francis he was not sure of his location or why he was parked on US 30. He stated he thought he was in Michigan.
Lutheran EMS was contacted and when the ambulance arrived, West appeared to be attempting to drive his truck, which was shut off. He also appeared to be trying to swerve around the ambulance, which had parked in front of his vehicle.
Police had to shut down the right hand lane of the highway to assist the EMS in getting West from the vehicle, as he would not let go of the steering wheel.
Police in Adrian, Mich., were notified and provided information for West’s son. However the father and son were not that close and stated they would contact his daughter.
When contact was made with the daughter, she told police her father had some health issues in the past, including a urinary tract infection, leading to similar behavior.