Woman with Alzheimer’s disease wanders away from State College nursing home, crashes vehicle

An elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease was missing for several hours Wednesday after she wandered away from a nursing home, drove off in a car and crashed the vehicle.

State College police said the woman was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. by staff at The Fairways at Brookline and was found around 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Mount Nittany Medical Center, where she had crashed the vehicle.

Police said the woman found an unlocked car with keys inside and took the vehicle. The woman eventually made her way to the hospital, where she drove the vehicle over an embankment. She was taken to facility for treatment.