Being out on the road and then being pulled over by the police could be a really frightening and intimidating experience — especially if you are an older person who doesn’t have the best coordination and cognitive function.
But when one elderly man was pulled over, the situation worked out rather well for him!
A Surprising Reason for Speeding
In a video that the Sterling Heights Police Department shared on Facebook, an officer pulls over a 79-year-old driver named David who seemed upset and near tears.
Officer Coates took some time to talk to David, and learned his wife was unwell and he also had a special needs son. David went on to say that the only reason he was speeding in the first place was to find the right cables for his newly purchased TV that he had bought to cheer up his family.
“I really try to drive right. I bought a new television today because I wanted to make my wife happy, you know, and I can’t get it hooked up.”
Understand Before You Judge
During the conversation, David also confided that he wasn’t technologically savvy and was hence hoping to find someone who could help him.
“Everything’s going wrong,” David said, looking visibly distraught.
Coates didn’t give David a ticket; instead he offered to come by his house after his shift and help set up the TV. An hour later, he brought some colleagues, and made good on the promise!
We should never judge a book by its cover.
It may be scary sometimes when we think we are in trouble, and that we may get a ticket or a reprimand, but be honest about what you are going through and you just may find someone who wants to help you!
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