Police officer's surprising reaction over driver's broken tail lights

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A police officer has melted a few hearts after pulling over a great-grandmother upon noticing the tail lights on her car weren’t working.

Sergeant Costa, from the Orlando Police Department in the US state of Florida, pulled the woman over on February 5 as her great-granddaughter sat in the back seat.

In a video uploaded by the police department, Sgt Costa tells her: “Listen, you’ve got some lights out."

“Where is that?” she asks.

He informs her the tail lights aren’t working and tells her he’s going to do her “a favour”.

“So, what I’m going to do is that instead of giving you a ticket, I’m going to give you this card,” Sgt Costa says.

A woman is handed a gift voucher by a police officer as she sits behind the wheel of her car.
A police officer hands a woman a gift card because her tail lights were out so she can use it to replace them. Source: Orlando Police Department

He tells her it is a gift card for Advance Auto Parts, an automotive parts store in the US, valued at A$32.

“You can use it to fix this car,” the police officer says.

“This way I don’t have to give you a ticket.

“I don’t want to give you a ticket. It’s too hard right now.”

The driver responds: “Thank you Jesus.”

“God bless you. Thank you for being you.”

Praise for 'awesome' police officer

Viewers called Sgt Costa “awesome” and said his gesture “beautiful”.

“This is what caring police can be, and are,” one man wrote.

“Thank them for the good that they do.”

One woman called him “so kind”.

“What a wonderful officer,” another woman wrote.

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