BATESVILLE Miss. (WJTV) — It’s a story that’s going viral, a Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper gives out a speeding ticket and the driver in turn gives the trooper a gift he’ll never forget.
Mike Powers says he was dreading his drive from Nashville, Tennessee to Mississippi after his boss said he needed to travel for work Wednesday morning.
When he was pulled over in Batesville by highway patrol, he thought his day may be getting worse, but things quickly took a turn.
“I just had a feeling I needed to ask him how his day was going. I said how are you and how are the officers in Mississippi doing in light of all the senseless killings of police officers. He said he’s doing good and it’s tough and he was going to keep doing what he needed to do to help people,” says Powers.
After Trooper Jason Ales gave Powers a speeding ticket, he said he decided to give him something back, a wooded saint bracelet.
“I was so touched by it I almost teared up there,” says Trooper Ales.
Trooper Ales, in turn, voided the speeding ticket.
“I gave this man a ticket now worth maybe two hundred something dollars, but still out of his kindness he wanted to give me something,” says Trooper Ales.
With everything going on in today’s society, Trooper Ales says this gesture struck him.
“With the stuff that’s going on with officers, that right there was so positive we needed that, I mean I needed that,” says Trooper Ales.
Powers says speaking with Trooper Ales put things into perspective, “My day was stressful because I was trying to get somewhere I didn’t think I’d make it to. That was nothing to what he deals with on a daily basis, the stress he has to deal with not knowing if he’s going to make it back home.”
Instead of on his wrist, the wooden bracelet is hanging from the camera on the inside of Trooper Ales’ patrol car.
“It’s ahead of me and watching over me and my patrol car at all times,” says Trooper Ales.
Powers took the money that would’ve gone to the speeding ticket and donated it to help kids at the Palmer Home for children in North Mississippi.
This organization helps give orphans a place to call home.