Prairie Village police and other emergency crews on Tuesday evening were forced to block off parts of the intersection of 71st Street and Tomahawk Road as they tried to assist a woman dealing with mental health issues and her 91-year-old mother who had gotten lost in Kansas after initially trying to get to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The driver’s sister realized something was wrong when the two didn’t return from what she anticipated would be a short trip to the Council Bluffs DMV. When she called them to find out where they were, they reported that they had gotten lost and were in the parking lot of the Blue Moose Bar and Grill. The sister searched online and realized they were all the way down in Kansas, and called the Prairie Village police and asked them to assist the women until she could get down there and help.
The driver became erratic when contacted by the police and pulled the vehicle out of the lot into the intersection. Neighbors report that the woman was screaming, “Call the police! They’re trying to take us!” as the police spoke to her. At one point she backed her vehicle into a police cruiser.
Eventually, police were able to get the women to come with them to wait for the sister to arrive.
Prairie Village Police spokesman Capt. Wes Lovett said that in addition to the mental health issues the driver was dealing with, there was also a language barrier “which didn’t help the situation.” He said that the police car was only bumped and didn’t sustain any damage.
Lovett noted that the situation had attracted a good deal of onlookers.
“I know citizens are interested in police activity but they should be aware that their safety could be in jeopardy if one of these incidents were to escalate,” he said.