Asked by Allan Heller Police and Law Enforcement
What's the nicest thing a police officer has done for you?
January 09, 2020 4:56PM
I'd just bought a car charger—the one that plugs into your cigarette lighter—for my first 8-hour drive to visit my girlfriend at her college that weekend. Without it, I wouldn't have been able to use my phone's GPS for longer than a few hours before it died—that'd leave me lost, at night, in a state I'd never been in. For me, using paper directions is just begging to get into an accident.
So anyway, I'd bought the charger, and I was driving home when I realized, "Hey... do I even have a cigarette lighter to plug this thing into?" On an empty road, I looked down into the center panel and found nothing. The dash, nothing. I looked deeper, above where I kept my change, no—ope, I'm driving on the wrong side of the road. Begging to get in an accident. Heart jumping, I correct my path, catch my breath, and decide to look on the way home. Then I saw lights.
I got pulled over and I deserved it. I also had points on my license for a massive speeding ticket in a speed trap...any more points—for, say, wreckless driving—and I wouldn't be able to make this trip, or, like, drive at all. I told the officer the charger thing—that I made a dumb mistake checking to see if my purchase was worth it. He looked puzzled. He took my information and was heading back to his car when I called out again and further explained the situation. That I was making a big trip, and that if I got any points on my license, that would not happen. Also that I was an idiot. He stood there and thought, then went back to the car—I'm assuming to look my record up.
When he returned, he let me go. "Have a good trip. Just be careful."
Oh, also, turns out I did have a cigarette lighter.