An elderly woman broke free of a state trooper’s grasp, pulled a fake gun, made her getaway, and then climbed onto an interstate overpass in St. Paul.
The woman was contacted by an officer Saturday night after she “appeared to be entering traffic in the wrong direction,” per the State Patrol. Suspecting the woman was driving drunk, a female trooper removed the 70-year-old woman from her white Honda Accord and frisked her for weapons.
The woman then began to walk back to her car as the trooper tried to stop her. The woman entered her car as the trooper attempted to hold her back by her left arm. The situation then took an abrupt turn for the worse as the woman produced a gun that was later determined to be fake and made of duct tape and tinfoil.
The elderly offender leveled her weapon at the officer, who retreated, allowing the woman to drive off — but she didn’t make it far.
Video of the incident recorded by a Department of Transportation camera shows the woman traveling a very short distance, rounding a corner, arriving at the Pascal Street Bridge over I-94 and climbing onto the outside of it, tequila bottle still in hand.
As the woman perched precariously over the interstate, authorities were able to stop traffic below. They removed her safely off of the bridge and brought her to Regency Hospital. She was later moved to jail and charged with making threats of violence, fleeing a peace officer and two counts of DWI.