She was jailed for drunk driving. Instead she had had a stroke, didn’t get help for days

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — A woman accused of drunken driving and jailed really had suffered a stroke, and despite multiple contacts with police and corrections officers, she went days without medical attention.

Carol Carlson, 64, of Edmonds, Washington, drove to the Kingston ferry terminal on a Monday morning in December 2017. Washington State Patrol troopers who accused her of DUI when she got turned around at the toll booth set off a five-day odyssey that shows how a person in distress can fall through the cracks.

“Once it started, it kept going,” Carlson said. “And nobody stopped it.”