A 79-year-old Richland man was found safely Wednesday after spending the night in his car stuck on a muddy rural road.
Jogger Glen Thompson said he was running at 11 a.m. along a canal near South Sherman Street when he saw the elderly man wandering, then calling for help.
“He was very happy to see me,” Thompson said. “I walked with him … we spent 20 minutes talking.”
Thompson called 911, and emergency crews responded and found the man’s Toyota Avalon west of Southridge High School and south of Thompson Hill.
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The sedan, with a handicap driving tag, was stuck in the mud on a dirt road.
The man was reported missing to Richland police Wednesday morning after he was last seen leaving Trios Southridge Hospital at 2 p.m. Tuesday. He was being checked for a heart condition.
He became confused, made a few wrong turns, drove along the dirt road and became stuck, police said. Tuesday’s rainstorms had turned the road into a slippery, thick mess.
Kennewick police said the man was disorientated the next morning when he was put in an ambulance and taken back to the hospital to be evaluated.
His condition was not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.