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Officials release 911 tapes of wrong-way grandma

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT)- A 9-1-1 caller tracked Linda Claus through Frankfort on March 13th, after calling dispatchers to say she was swerving all over the road.

"She's stopped right here in front of the interstate getting ready to go up the wrong way it looks like," the caller said, sounding frantic for the first time during the nearly five-minute long call.

"She's fixing to get on the interstate the wong way?" the dispatcher said.

The caller said "Yes she is! She's getting on the interstate the wrong way!"

After seeing 70-year-old Linda Claus swerving in and out of oncoming traffic for several miles, a good samaritan couldn't believe his eyes.

"She's right in the middle of the road. She's right here in front of the---she's slowing down to a crawl."

He tracked the woman, driving a gray Toyota, while dispatchers tried to get police officers to cut her off before someone got hurt. Every few moments, before she hopped on I-64 headed east in the west-bound lanes, the 9-1-1 caller offered up landmarks as she headed out Versailles Road in Frankfort.

"I almost saw her hit a car that was sitting still. And she ran over the curb coming out there at Indian Hills. Pulled right out in front of two cars," he said.

Frankfort Police Officer Randy Cummins was able to catch up to the 70-year-old who'd been drinking. He turned on his lights on and getting Claus to pull over along I-64. The 9-1-1 caller told the dispatcher he'd never seen anything like it.

"I don't know what she's getting ready to do."

When police arrested Claus, she was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence under aggravating circumstances. According to the police report, her blood alcohol was .121.

Claus did speak off-camera to WKYT crews following the incident. She said she plans to plead guilty.


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