Wrong-way driver stopped on NYS Thruway

Joseph Dorcerly, 80, was spotted driving northbound on the Thruway in the southbound lane for a stretch of eight miles near Tuxedo. (1/6/14)

SPRING VALLEY - A Spring Valley man who had been missing for several hours was found Monday morning driving the wrong way on the New York State Thruway.

Joseph Dorcerly, 80, was spotted driving northbound on the Thruway in the southbound lane for a stretch of eight miles near Tuxedo.

His son,Jean Dorcerly, says his father suffers from the early stages dementia and hasn't been allowed to drive alone for months. Around 6:30 a.m., he was able to borrow a relative's car to drop his wife off at church. He then apparently lost his way home.

Officials say a state trooper saw Dorcerly and was able to get him to stop.

There were no injuries.

Dorcerly is being examined at Good Samaritan Hospital. His family insists he'll never be allowed to drive again.

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