Montreal cops catch woman riding electric wheelchair on busy highway

Montreal police stopped a woman in her sixties who was riding an electric scooter on the highway...

Montreal police stopped a woman in her sixties who was riding an electric scooter on the highway during rush hour, Monday, May 5, 2014. QMI AGENCY CAPTURE

Claudia Berthiaume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

MONTREAL — For the second time in a week, Montreal-area police intercepted a woman who was riding her electric wheelchair on a busy highway.

On Monday, provincial police stopped a woman on the Metropolitan Expressway that cuts across north-end Montreal.

The woman, who is in her sixties, was riding on the shoulder during late-afternoon rush hour.

She caused a major traffic jam by merging into the fast lane, police said.

Motorists called 911 and officers arrived to escort the woman to an off-ramp.

"She had to be taken out of there as quickly as possible, it could have been dangerous," Sgt. Melanie Dumaresq said.

Last week, provincial police escorted another woman who was riding her chair scooter on a highway south of Montreal.

"People mistakenly think that (electric wheelchairs) are considered vehicles because they're on wheels, but they have the same status as pedestrians," Dumaresq said.

 


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