By showing a Mississippi state trooper concern for his wellbeing and by giving him a thoughtful gift, a driver had his speeding ticket voided.
Mike Powers, 27, was begrudgingly driving from his home in Nashville, Tennessee, to Mississippi for work on Wednesday when he was pulled over by 32-year-old Trooper Jason Ales.
Ales stopped Powers for speeding in Batesville, Mississippi, WJTV reports.
“I just had a feeling I needed to ask him how his day was going,” Powers said. “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.”
“A lot of us are with you,” Powers responded.
Ales gave Powers a speeding ticket, but that did not stop him from wanting to give the officer something kind in return.
Powers gave Ales a wooded saint bracelet.
“I was so touched by it I almost teared up there,” Ales said.
“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,” Ales added. “With the stuff that’s going on with officers, that right there was so positive we needed that, I mean I needed that.”
Ales, a Baptist deacon in his hometown of Batesville, said he is keeping the bracelet next to his dashboard camera in his Highway Patrol vehicle.
“It’s ahead of me and watching over me and my patrol car at all times,” Ales said.
It was the images of Jesus and angels on the bracelet that inspired Ales to change his mind about the speeding ticket, reports AL.com.
"I said, 'Sir, I tell you what. You don't worry about that ticket.... I'm going to go back and void it out right now,'" Ales said.
Powers took the amount of money he would have paid for the ticket and donated it to the Palmer Home for children in North Mississippi. The organization finds homes for orphans.
A spokesman from The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said the cancelling of the ticket does not break ethical codes of conduct.
"Voiding the ticket was something he did after an act of kindness was extended to the trooper," spokesman Warren Strain said. "In this case, it was an extraordinary situation."