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post #1 of 21
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http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Southwest....ap/index.html

Several of my coworkers and I were having our morning coffee break when we happened to see this lady being interviewed on one of the talk shows. She is definitely not a typical 97 year old, and one of the things she said was that she has enjoyed all the attention she received since her arrest and she would do it again.
What do you think about the police arresting someone this old?
post #2 of 21
I guess cops don't care who you are as long as your tickets are unpaid.

Cougar, I hope you read this


post #3 of 21
If there was a warrant, they were actually obliged to arrest her. From the description her son gave in the article, this woman isn't senile, so why not arrest her? It isn't as if she was sentenced to a long term in prison. Old age shouldn't be an excuse for breaking the law (or really bad behavior) if the person in question is mentally competent. I should know - my grandfather died at 86, and once he retired he used his age as an excuse for some really nasty conduct.
post #4 of 21
Doesn't matter what the age is, if you break the law you get arrested. The police don't have a choice, by law they are obligated to do things by the books. There is no age limit on the books.

I understand the son's gripe about it to a point, but he's basically asking for preferential treatment.
post #5 of 21
I agree! Old age does not have to do with 'getting some slack' in getting arrested or not! but one thing I don't understand is why would she want to get arrested again , and why did she enjoy it???? odd....
post #6 of 21
A warrant is a judicial order that the police are obligated to follow.
I assume the policeman would have had a problem of his own had he let her just go, since he had already called in the license.

I think the son should use some common sense and be more concerned that his 97year old mother was committing traffic violations and driving an uninspected car.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ilovecats, she didn't enjoy being arrested, but she DID enjoy all the attention she got from people afterward, and she even got to appear on a national tv show. IMO, she would probably do it again just for the attention it would bring her.
post #8 of 21
OK, Grandma has gotten her 15 minutes. Now, let her get her car inspected, pay her tickets and go back to terrorizing the highways and byways of Texas.

Age is no excuse for breaking the law and the cop was doing what the taxpayers pay him to do. If there is a warrant for a person's arrest, the cop HAS to take them in.
post #9 of 21
The only thing I can picture is my grandma when I read this. I think it's sad they have nothing better to do but haul an old woman off to jail. Take her license away but don't put her in jail.

My grandma got a ticket last summer for driving too slow on a country road (10 miles under the speed limit). They even searched her car for drugs. Gimme a break.
post #10 of 21
The police were doing their job! I really think age should not matter. That old lady should be ashamed!
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Abby7625
The only thing I can picture is my grandma when I read this. I think it's sad they have nothing better to do but haul an old woman off to jail. Take her license away but don't put her in jail.

My grandma got a ticket last summer for driving too slow on a country road (10 miles under the speed limit). They even searched her car for drugs. Gimme a break.

Question: Do you really think that taking away this woman's license would keep her from driving? She didn't even have enough respect for the law to pay her traffic ticks...not to mention expired registration and inspection...I believe that is illegal too at least in my state so I have to assume it is in Texas.

Age is no excuse not to obey the law, and if you break if then you should have to pay the consequences.
post #12 of 21
That's a really difficult situation. I don't know what I think about this yet.
post #13 of 21
Ok, just to throw a little more grist in the mill...

Suppose you DO make allowances for age -- at what age do you START making allowances -- where do you draw the line?
post #14 of 21
Her other son (a judge) should sit his mother down and give her a lecture about respect and obedience for the law. At least, he had the discretion and class to state that it would be inappropriate for him to comment publicly on this case.
post #15 of 21
OK.. Say in 10 months(When I get my license) I get ticket fines and so on and so forth and they have a warrant for my arrest.. are they not supposed to take me because I'm too young? Honestly I think age shouldn't be a factor, NO BODY should be let of because their "too old" IMO and fancy her liking the attention.
post #16 of 21
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Originally posted by WellingtonCats
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fancy her liking the attention.
Since I work at a nursing home, I know that sometimes people get too busy with their own lives and don't spend enough time with elderly relatives. Even when an elderly person is still very capable, they can often use a little extra help. IMO, one of the sons should have been responsible for making sure his mother's registration was current, and that she is still capable of driving safely.

P.S. Sam! I haven't seen you around here very often lately!
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Lorie D.
http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Southwest....ap/index.html

Several of my coworkers and I were having our morning coffee break when we happened to see this lady being interviewed on one of the talk shows. She is definitely not a typical 97 year old, and one of the things she said was that she has enjoyed all the attention she received since her arrest and she would do it again.
What do you think about the police arresting someone this old?
People Magazine Interviews Mom of Arrested Driver Harriette Kelton



In an exclusive interview obtained by People magazine, we interviewed the Mother of 97 year old Harriette Kelton, Mrs. Lillian Begsley, 118 years young.



People: "Mrs. Begsley, where were you when you heard the news of Harrriette's arrest?"



Lillian: "I was bowling with my league at The Pin-O-Rama Alley. I had just finished a game and went to the bar to get a mug of suds, when I saw Harriette's face on the TV, in handcuffs mind you! I was shocked, but honestly, not surprised. The girl has given me nothin' but trouble since day one, I tell ya."



People: "What kind of trouble Mrs. Begsley?"


LB:" Well wanna start from the day she was born??? A breech birth, I tell ya, 18 hours of labor, I haven't walked right since, put a real kink in my bowling game.That girl was incorrigible. But I think the driving thing started at about age three. The beginning of the end I tell ya.!"



People: "How's that Mrs. Begsley?"



LB: "Her father wanted to get her a tricycle, I was not for it, but as usual he got his way. Real mule that man was, especially after a few scotches, oh well, let him rest in peace, NOT THAT HE EVER LEFT ME IN PEACE, SIX MORE KIDS AFTER HARRIETTE, ALL JUST LIKE HIM TOO!" AND FUTHERMORE..."



People: "Uh Mrs. Begsley, you were talking about the bike."


LB: "Oh yeah, that girl terrorized the neighborhood on that thing. Ha, an Osama Bin Laden in the making. She'd ram into old folks on the park benches, made one woman's walker, fly halfway across the park. That was one pretty bill I had to pay! I won't even mention the blind guy with the cane, makes me shiver to this day. And then the teen years, can you believe my husband let her drive our car at 15! Can't tell you how many calls I got from the drive-in that she had wrecked another speaker pole. Oh that girl listened to no one, just kept up her destructive ways. She even hijacked a yellow school bus, huh she called it a prank. Got her picture in the paper for that too! She went around givin' autographs after that. Sniff, Sniff, oh what's a Mother to do? You know I did everything right, nice dresses, church, good food on the table...sniff, sniff, sob, sob...oh I don't think I can talk about this anymore....sniff, sniff, whaaaaa..."



People: "Oh, Mrs. Begsley, calm down, we don't have to go further..can I help you with anything?"



LB: "Ah, oh yes....sniff, sniff...sobbbbbb, am, am, I GOING TO BE ON THE COVER OF PEOPLE...I DON'T WANT ANY OF THOSE BACK PAGES, NEAR THE CROSSWORD, I'M SICK OF THAT GIRL GETTING ALL THE LIMELIGHT, I WANT THE COVER DAMMIT!" Sob, sob sob......
post #18 of 21
I have particularly avoided making any comment on this thread because we don't know what is the mind of a 97 year old.


But Mom of Franz You have broken my silence with that article, and all I have to say is:

post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 
Cilla, when I saw this lady on tv I got the impression that her mind is still very sharp, and that she is still capable of doing things for herself. And considering what most (but not all) 97 year olds are like, I think this lady is very lucky.
post #20 of 21
Lorie that is why I felt unable to comment, because of course I haven't seen anything of her over here. It's one for the youngsters though, they are always being called by some elderly people, they will can get their own back now.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Lorie D.
Originally posted by WellingtonCats

Since I work at a nursing home, I know that sometimes people get too busy with their own lives and don't spend enough time with elderly relatives. Even when an elderly person is still very capable, they can often use a little extra help. IMO, one of the sons should have been responsible for making sure his mother's registration was current, and that she is still capable of driving safely.

P.S. Sam! I haven't seen you around here very often lately!
Good point Lorie. Yeah I know I've been real busy, I'm just doing a major catch up this weekend.
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