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Police officer gives motorist a welcome surprise inside traffic ticket

When a 25-year-old Texas man was recently pulled over by a police officer for a routine traffic violation, he got much more than he bargained for -- but in a good way.

It all started when the police officer pulled Hayden C. over for an expired registration sticker. When asked by the police officer why his registration had expired, Hayden C. simply said he had no excuse.

"I said 'there's no explanation for why I haven't done it, except I don't have the money,' Hayden C. recently told a local television station. "I said 'it was either feed my kids or get my registration done.'"

Apparently unmoved by the young man's comments, the police officer wrote out a citation, and handed it to the young man. But when Hayden C. opened up the citation, he saw more than just a traffic ticket. What he saw folded inside the citation was a $100 bill.

Hayden C. was understandably moved by the gesture.

"I opened it up and there's a 100 dollar bill. I broke down in my car -- what else could I do?," he asked.

The police officer never mentioned to his comrades that he had performed such a random act of kindness. However, the department is now planning to honor their colleague -- who still wants to remain anonymous -- after Hayden C.'s grandfather wrote a letter to offer thanks.

With the $100, Hayden C. was able to update the expired registration for his car and his wife's car.

"He helped me out when I needed it and I appreciate that. I'll never forget that man," he said.

Stay tuned for updates our New York vehicle traffic law blog ...

If you have been issued a traffic violation, fight to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums as low as possible. Consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Sources:

The Huffington Post, "Texas police officer writes ticket, includes $100 bill," Sarah Medina, Dec. 14, 2012

CBS-DFW, "Plano police officer wraps $100 bill in traffic ticket," J.D. Miles, Dec. 11, 2012

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