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Deputy stops erratic driver, helps woman suffering from brain bleed

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Deputy Todd Steele (Photo: Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputy Todd Steele (Photo: Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office)
MCMINNVILLE, OR (KPTV) -

A Yamhill County deputy made a traffic stop on a possible DUII suspect who was driving in the wrong lane on Highway 18. However, when the deputy contacted the 74-year-old woman, he realized she was not impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Now Deputy Todd Steele is being told, he likely save the 74-year-old woman's life.

"It's different. My email went crazy today and my phone has been going crazy."

Deputy Steele said he was just doing his job.

"It was literally driving down the middle of HWY 18 and cars were peeling off the road and getting out of this vehicle's way."

Deputy Steele thought it was road rage or maybe a drunk driver. He pulled the woman over, but there were clues that something wasn't right because she seemed confused. He thought it might be a diabetic reaction so he called medics.

Medics found her blood sugar was normal, but Deputy Steele urged them to take her to OHSU. It turns out, she was suffering from a brain bleed.

"I'm happy that I was there to see her driving and be able to get her stopped and get her the help that she needed."

The woman was rushed into emergency surgery and is in stable condition.

On Wednesday, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office posted his lifesaving traffic stop story to their Facebook page. It has more than 1,000 likes, plus hundreds of shares and comments.

"Theres been some very, very nice things posted and that feels good. So thank you to everybody for saying those nice things."

Deputy Steele said this is a lesson that you never know what a traffic stop may bring.

"I'm going to go to work tomorrow and try to do good again. We'll see what happens."

Deputy Steele said his message to the woman is simply to get well soon, and hopefully they can meet again under different circumstances.

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