SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – An alert township police officer helped a lost 97-year-old Philadelphia man find his way back home Wednesday.

According to police, the senior was following an ambulance that was taking his wife to a city hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, when he apparently got lost.

Family members alerted local police there when the man did not show up at the hospital and the authorities put out an 5 p.m. alert as a missing person, police said.

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Cell phone records for the man reported that he was somewhere around Exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike, driving a silver Chevrolet Malibu, police said.

Meanwhile, Officer Michael Leung was directing traffic at the scene of a traffic accident on George’s Road near Harvey Road at 5:45 p.m. and saw the Malibu driving by.

He motioned for the driver to pull over and learned that it was the missing Philadelphia senior, police said.

The senior said he was lost and tired from the ordeal, but otherwise fine.

Police took him to headquarters where he was given food and family members eventually arrived to take him home, police said.

“This man was 40 miles away from where he intended to go and had been driving for hours unsure of where to stop,” Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said. “Officer Leung’s actions led the man to be found safely and a family to be reunited. It was great work on his part.”

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