bby Porter and her mom, Shelly, were on Kanas 66 headed to her school in Riverton early Wednesday when Shelly had a medical emergency and passed out behind the wheel, Galena Police Chief Larry Delmont said Thursday.
mother slumped over, Abby â€" a second-grader whose father sometimes lets her
steer their tractor and lawn mower â€" leaned over and took the wheel.
said at some point, Abby even executed a U-turn on the four-lane highway, "because she
was going home to her
daddy.""That's at 8:37 in the morning, and there is a lot of traffic, a lot of trucks," Delmont said.Officer Jimmy Hamilton noticed the SUV going about 20 mph and weaving a bit between the two lanes, and suspected someone was driving under the influence.
got closer he
noticed the woman slumped over in the driver seat and saw Abby at the wheel.
The vehicle was also closing in on an intersection.
amilton tried to get in front of Abby's car to slow her
down, but she
kept switching lanes to avoid bumping into his
Hamilton got alongside her
and told Abby to put the vehicle in park, but she
didn't know how.
then told her she
needed to bump into him to stop the car, but Abby said she
didn't want to because she
e convinced Abby bumping into his
car was OK."I never saw her
cry," Hamilton said.