Being pulled over for speeding is mostly an unpleasant experience. Nobody wants to get a ticket and deal with the consequences, but for one 79-year-old man, things turned out positively!
A police officer in Michigan recently pulled over an older man for speeding, unknowing he was about to make a new friend.
The Sterling Heights Police Department recently released a video of the traffic stop. On Sept. 30 Officer Kevin Coates was involved in an 18–1/2 Mile Road traffic pull over. Coates stopped an older man called David, a 79-year-old neighborhood resident.
The officer was puzzled about what was driving the man to accelerate and appear upset.
The older man had recently purchased a TV for his wife and was having difficulty connecting it. As a result, he was frustrated that he could not make his gift to his wife work.
David responded to the officer: “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.”
David had spent the day visiting stores and requesting assistance, but no one would help him. No doubt it was quite stressful for an older adult trying to set up his TV.
Aggressive driving is frequently a behavioral reflection of the driver’s anger, but it can also occur when we “zone out,” love taking risks, or are emotionally distraught.
For instance, you may be tailgating due to being busy with your thoughts and clueless about driving. Sometimes, you may be speeding for the excitement of it.
Officer Coates saw that the older man had little digital skill and had no confidence.
Allowing him to go with a warning, the officer convinced the man that he would visit his place later to support him.
An hour later, David heard a knock on his door and noticed the spotlights out front—Officer Coates kept his promise, but he did not come alone.
Coates and officers Remi Veroughstraete and Jerry Jaushevich arrived in the team.
The three entered and found that David’s wife was suffering from a dire medical condition and his son was disabled. The team felt that setting up the TV was the very least they could do.
Mario Bastianelli, the officer’s lieutenant, lauded his men on Fox News.
“I think the world needs a little bit more acts of kinds like this. It was a great showing of a lot of [what] law enforcement does across the nation day-to-day that doesn’t get publicized.
“We’re very proud of our officers for stepping outside the box and going above and beyond what they normally do to help our citizens.”