Brookfielder Donald Martin, 88, who , was pulled over by Massachusetts police on Route 91 near Holyoke around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to .
According to Martin’s son, Mark, as of 12 p.m. Wednesday his father was fine and being released from the hospital after being held for evaluation.
Martin had left a note for his wife around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning saying he was going for a short drive, however by 1:20 p.m. he had not returned home, prompting her to called Brookfield police, who issued a Silver Alert bulletin.
Martin, who suffers from dementia, was apparently lost when Massachusetts state police pulled him over for erratic driving, according to Brookfield police Chief Robin Montgomery. Brookfield police were contacted shortly thereafter and, after confirming that he was in fact the missing Brookfield man, the Silver Alert was lifted and the family was put in contact with Massachusetts police.
“We’re just glad he’s safe,” Montgomery said, adding that anyone with elderly parents understands the fear and anxiety that occurs when they disappear without warning.
Martin has a sister in Auburn, ME, however, “I don’t think that’s where he was going,” Mark said, explaining that his father did not seem to know where he was when he was found.
The son added that while his father does have intermittent dementia, this is the first time something like this has happened.