MAN DRIVES 370 MILES OUT OF HIS WAY
Tuesday November 24th, 2009
An 80 year-old Australian man had to be rescued by the police when he went for a short run out and drove 370miles in the wrong direction. Having left his home in Yass, NSW, to visit nearby Pambula, Eric Steward took a wrong turn onto the Hume Highway which stretches from Sydney to Melbourne. After nine hours he spotted two policemen and pulled over to ask for directions. By this time he was in Geelong, Victoria.
Mr Steward said of his marathon journey, 'I just went out on the road to have a drive, a nice peaceful quiet drive. I didn't know where I was going but I knew it was somewhere, and with a bit of luck I would eventually find my wife again,'
Mr Stewardís wife, who had been in mobile contact throughout her husbandís extended road trip, said, 'I asked him if he could see any signs... He said the West Gate Bridge.' (A famous Melbourne landmark).
When asked by the police what he hadnít stopped earlier, Mr Steward replied that he liked to drive. They then contacted his family and he is now safely back home with them. Mrs Seward has presumably confiscated his car keys.
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