Typically, when a police officer pulls someone over for having an expired registration and malfunctioning light, it ends with an expensive ticket.
But for one driver in Texas, it ended with a blessing.
Officer Justin Gower pulled over a truck in Cedar Park, Texas, on Oct. 17, according to KVUW, and immediately noticed that the three children in the backseat didn’t have car seats.
Gower didn’t know the man, but he had heard about him from other officers who had previously pulled him over.
“[I remember] hearing the story about, you know, he’s saving money, he’s living in a car, he’s trying to get his family down,” Gower told the news outlet.
Instead of issuing him a ticket, Gower called officer Cale Hawkins, who’d told him about the man after talking to him.
“They were living in a hotel and he said all of his money was going to that at this time,” recalled Hawkins. He said he and Officer Gower “just kind of stepped off to the side and said we need to kind of do the right thing and get these people some car seats.”
The two officers pooled their money, and while Gower talked to the father, Hawkins drove to Walmart and explained the situation to the manager.
After being given a special discount, the bill came out to $145.
“I recognized some of the management staff and told them immediately what I wanted to do,” Hawkins told KVUW. He said, adding that, thanks to a special discount from the Walmart management, the bill came to just $145.
“It was nothing short of a miracle. It was something that was really needed. The officers have been a blessing,” the father told the news outlet.