A Utah state trooper pulled over a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 15 near the town of Beaver early Wednesday morning, figuring he'd find just another drunk driver. Instead, he discovered a 49-year-old Whittier, Calif., man and his mother, who thought they were still in the Los Angeles area.
"When I told them they were in Utah, they insisted they were only 10 miles from their house," sheriff's Sgt. David Mott told the Salt Lake Tribune. "They looked at me like I was out of my mind."
Mott said the man and his 78-year-old mother seemed disoriented. They'd left their home to go to the car mechanic 18 hours earlier. I-15 runs north from San Diego through the eastern part of the greater Los Angeles area, though why the wayward pair went 450 miles out of their way was not explained.
Mott found no evidence of alcohol or drug use, so he took the pair to a local hospital for observation. They checked out OK. Beaver County Sheriff Ken Yardley put the man and his mother up in a local motel for the night, then let them head home after a good night's rest.
(Alli: Obviously, a classic case of alien abduction and a subsequent mind-wipe. Yup)
Man Catches Falling Toddler
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - A 2-year-old girl fell three stories from a resort walkway and safely into the arms of a man who had been reading a book by the pool and raced to save her.
The momentum sent both crashing into a bush, but the girl only suffered a bump and some scratches March 20. "I just happened to be at the right place at the right time," Alan Burns, 43, said Wednesday.
Burns said he was enjoying his weekend getaway at the Dorsan Suites when he heard a woman screaming. He looked up to see the toddler hanging from a railing on an outdoor walkway.
Burns and the woman ran underneath the child when the girl let go and fell into Burns' arms. The baby's mother showed up several minutes later and was arrested on a charge of child neglect, police said. The woman was released on $1,000 bail.
A Good Cook Always Checks the Oven
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A woman was shot in the hip Friday morning while cooking a meal after the heat of the oven discharged a .357 revolver that she didn't know was hidden inside.
Roxanne Perez, 29, was in good condition at Wilford Hall Medical Center.
An acquaintance stored the gun for safekeeping in the bottom drawer of Perez's oven about two weeks ago, then "completely forgot about it" according to a police report.
Perez, who said had no idea a gun was in the oven, said she heard several shots then felt a sharp pain in her left hip. Police have ruled the shooting an accident, and said they do not expect to file criminal charges.