ISP Trooper Helps Autistic Child Off the Side of the Road

Indiana State Trooper, Jordan Lee, helped save an autistic child that was walking down the side of Highway-41 on Tuesday.

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 6:07 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2020 6:08 PM

A scary situation unfolded yesterday.

An autistic teenager ran away from home and was walking down the side of Highway-41.

But an indiana state trooper was there to resolve the situation.

But luckily, trooper Jordan lee of the Indiana State Police was nearby to solve this scary situation.

“When I arrived on scene, they were next to a guardrail, and they weren’t fighting at the time, but the son was clearly upset, and didn’t want to get back in his parent vehicle and go back home,” said Trooper Jordan Lee of the Indiana State Police.

Lee knew it was a tricky situation dealing with a mentally disabled teenager, but he took it upon himself to make sure the teenager got back home safely.

“After a while, just kind of talking to him and redirecting and trying to talk about things that he might like or find some commonality between us two, and he ended up getting into my police car with me and I took him back to the house,” said Lee.

And Trooper Lee said me his training at the academy and with the ISP helped him know how to handle this rare situation.

“Some deescalation techniques, just the way you talk to people and how you present yourself can really change somebody’s demeanor, and we also do receive some training at the academy on how to deal with those types of disorders,” said Lee.

And once Lee brought the child back to his house, his new friend invited him in.

“I went inside the house with him just to make sure everything was going to be okay once I left, and he started showing me his pets and walking me around the house, and giving me a bunch of information that I didn’t know about chinchillas and Guinea pigs and stuff like that," said Lee. "It was a pretty cool interaction.”

And Lee stopped by the house this morning to watch some cartoons with his new pal.

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