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Teen driver spots erratic driver, saves woman's life



MARIETTA, Ga. -- Sixteen-year-old Walton High School Junior Sam Orjoux got his driver’s license in August.  But last Thursday the new driver did some quick thinking and kept his cool when he noticed a potentially dangerous situation in East Cobb County.

Sam and his brother Loic were on their way to Sam’s Rugby practice November 10th when they noticed a car driving erratically on Sewell Mill Road.  They say the driver was running up on curbs, driving in the wrong lane of traffic, and braking and accelerating erratically.  “I called 911 and they said if it was safe to keep following the car until the police got there,” Sam said.

The next ten minutes can be heard on the 911 dispatch recording.  Loic holds the phone for his brother as Sam tells the 911 dispatcher when the driver turns on to Johnson Ferry Road, weaving and careening through traffic but, miraculously, staying on the road.

Both boys suspected the driver was impaired.  Police arrived on the scene within ten minutes, and the harrowing drive ended at a Shell gas station at the intersection of Lassiter Road and Johnson Ferry Road.

“The officer came back to my car and told me I may have saved the lady’s life,” said Sam.  “She was going into diabetic shock or a coma, and could have died without help.”   He said paramedics were called to the scene and the unidentified woman as taken by ambulance for medical treatment.



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