Woman dodges traffic on scooter

A photo of a woman on a scooter being confronted by a New Boston Police officer made the Facebook rounds Thursday. At the center of the story behind the photo are New Boston Police officer Bryan Jordan and Millie Arnett.

Jordan said the NBPD got a call about a shoplifter at Walmart, that said there were two people running from the scene. While at the scene, Jordan said dispatch called and told him Walmart had another possible shoplifter in a scooter trying to dart across the highway.

“I get out there and there’s a scooter in the middle of (U.S.) 52, literally between the westbound and eastbound lanes,” Jordan said. “I asked her what she was doing and she said she was trying to get away from a Walmart worker.”

While in the process of attempting to make an arrest, Jordan said it was determined the woman, identified as Millie Arnett, was paralyzed and could not move her legs.

“Where she was paralyzed there was not need to take her to jail,” Jordan said. “I just issued her a citation to come to court next week.”

Jordan said people all around the scene had pulled out their phones and were taking videos and pictures.

“I’ve only been on the job for two years, and I’ve only been here for almost a year, but I’ve never seen anything like it,” Jordan said. “We deal with Walmart a lot. I’ve seen people run and I’ve seen people fight, stick, kick, and I’ve seen people take off on a scooter, but not take off on a scooter through the parking lot.”

Jordan said the action reminded him of an vintage video game.

“I asked her if she was trying to play Frogger,” Jordan said. “That wasn’t the smartest decision she ever made besides shoplifting.”

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By Frank Lewis

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